D.C. freedom of information case goes forward

A federal district judge ruled that a criminal defense attorney and critic of the District of Columbia police can pursue her case against the department for their denial of her FOIA requests. She claims that the department is violating her First Amendment rights for delaying and denying her information in retaliation for her criticism of the department. (Reason, May 4, 2022, by Eugene Volokh)

Charlie Gerstein who is representing the attorney Amy Phillips argued that the department puts critics on a watchlist used to deny them public information and, through D.C.’s attorney general, even contends that the watchlist is constitutional.(The Washington Post, March 25, 2022, by Charlie Gerstein)

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