U.S. District Court Issues Opinion in CREW v. DOJ
Today, Judge Richard Leon issued a decision in CREW v. U.S. Department of Justice in which CREW had sought FBI records regarding a criminal investigation into former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). Judge Leon granted summary judgment for the government, finding Rep. DeLay’s privacy interests outweigh the public’s interest in the information and that the government may withhold some information as protected by the ongoing law enforcement exemption to the Freedom of Information Act.
Judge Leon’s decision stands in contrast to decisions issued in two of CREW’s other cases in which we sought records related to a criminal investigation of Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA) where courts had found the privacy interest of public officials is outweighed by the public’s right to information regarding the activities of public officials and Justice Department investigations. CREW is analyzing the decision and considering whether or not to appeal.