Thursday, February 9th, 2017

New York Times Sues DOJ Under FOIA for Immigration Court Decision in Salvadoran Death Squad Case

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"New York Times reporter Julia Preston sued the Department of Justice for records on retired Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, who led the National Guard and Defense Ministry while death squads murdered tens of thousands of people.  He has been denied relief from removal from the United States.  Preston and the Times challenged the Justice Department's refusal to release records from Vides Casanova's immigration hearings, in a federal FOIA complaint. ... After Vides' removal hearing, Immigration Judge James Grim issued a written decision, in February 2012.  Preston believes the decision hinged, in part, on whether Vides had "'committed, ordered, incited, assisted or otherwise participated' in certain human rights violations, to wit, torture or extrajudicial killing."  Preston says the written decision