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National Archives and Records Administration v. Favish

United States Supreme Court
541 U.S. 157 (2004)


Facts

Vincent Foster, Jr., deputy counsel to President Clinton, was found dead in a park. The initial investigation conducted by law enforcement concluded that Foster committed suicide. Law enforcement took 10 photographs of Foster’s body at the death scene. Allan Favish (plaintiff), a citizen, brought suit against the National Archives and Records Administration (defendant) seeking disclosure of the death scene photographs under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The district court eventually ordered five photographs to be released. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kennedy, J.)

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