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Hall v. United States Dep't of Justice

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


April 10, 2009

DONALD AND SHERYL HALL, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM

Donald and Sheryl Hall bring this action against the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") alleging that the DOJ failed to comply with the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 U.S.C. §§ 552 et seq,when it redacted large portions of the documents it released to plaintiffs pursuant to their FOIA request. On February 24, 2009, the court granted in part and denied in part the DOJ's second motion for summary judgment, and ordered the DOJ to submit the pages for which the court did not grant summary judgment, pages 70-72 and 100-130, for in camera review [#36]. The DOJ submitted these pages to the court on March 16, 2009.

After reviewing the unredacted versions of pages 70-72 and 100-130, the court has determined that the DOJ properly withheld the redacted portions of these pages pursuant to the deliberative process exemption. Therefore, the court concludes that summary judgment should be granted in favor of the DOJ.

An appropriate order accompanies this memorandum.

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