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Schwartz v. United States Department of Justice

United States District Court for the District of Columbia
435 F.Supp. 1203 (D.C. Cir. 1979)


Facts

Robert Schwartz (plaintiff) sought documents pertaining to the investigation of Peter Schlam from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) (defendant) and Peter Rodino Jr. (defendant), the chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives. Rodino refused to provide Schwartz with the requested documents. Schwartz filed suit in federal district court against the DOJ under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and against Rodino under the common-law right of access to public records. Rodino filed a motion to dismiss the complaint, arguing that Congress was not subject to the common-law rule providing citizens with a right of access to public records.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Pratt, J.)

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