Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Morton Memo FOIA Lawsuit Ends in a Draw: Judicial Watch v. DHS

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"For all of the foregoing reasons, the Court shall GRANT-IN-PART and DENY-IN-PART DHS’s Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment and GRANT-IN-PART and DENY-IN-PART Judicial Watch’s Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. Specifically, the Court shall grant DHS’s motion insofar as it seeks a ruling that it has lawfully withheld information from the challenged documents pursuant to the deliberative process privilege. The Court also grant’s DHS’s motion insofar as it seeks a ruling that the information redacted from the middle of DHS0034 and the information redacted from the bottom of DHS0053 was lawfully withheld pursuant to the work-product doctrine. DHS’s motion is otherwise denied. Correspondingly, the Court grants Judicial Watch’s motion insofar as it seeks an order compelling DHS to disclose to it all information withheld on the basis of the work-product doctrine from DSH0010; DHS0031-0035 (with the exception of information redacted from the document