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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Charles Davis' take on White House FOIA decision

From Jurist:
Charles N. Davis [Executive Director, National Freedom of Information Coalition]: "The May 19 federal appellate court decision finding that the White House's Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act is an act of legal finery in bad need of a legislative fix.

Indeed, the court's decision is but the latest example of how crabbed judicial interpretation of the Act has restricted its ambit even as the digital communications of the era bedevil a law created in the days of manila folders and Smith-Corona typewriters.

In upholding a ruling last year by a federal judge, the appeals court found that the White House does not have to make public internal documents examining the potential disappearance of emails during the Bush administration.
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