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FOIA Request for Names of CIA Torturers Gets Second Chance

Aug. 29, 2017, 11:08 AM

A man seeking CIA records identifying personnel that participated in torture will get another chance to reframe his request, the Ninth Circuit held Aug. 28 (Yagman v. Pompeo, 2017 BL 301142, 9th Cir., No. 15-55442, 8/28/17).

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined a majority of circuits to hold that administrative exhaustion under the Freedom of Information Act isn’t a requirement for jurisdiction.

Thus, although Stephen Yagman’s request was too vague, the district court shouldn’t have dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction, Judge Paez wrote for the Ninth Circuit.

Yagman sent the CIA a...

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