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Fed Prisoner Wins FOIA Action Requesting Informant's Names

Kenneth H. Linn, a federal prisoner, requested from the U.S. Dept. of Justice (the DOJ) a number of documents associated with his conviction, pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act (the Act), 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq. When the DOJ refused to produce all of the documents without offering any justification, Linn filed suit under the Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

On summary judgment, the Court found some of the requested documents to be exempt. But the Court held that documents identifying witnesses who testified against Linn should have been given to him. The Court granted summary judgment to Linn with respect to those documents, and further held that Linn was entitled to a fee waiver for the cost of copying some of the documents that had been provided to him. The Bureau of Prisons was ordered to reimburse $57.90 in fees that Linn had already paid. See: Linn v. Dept. of Justice, USDC DC, Case No. 92-1406(GK) (1997 WL 577586).

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Linn v. Dept. of Justice