Barry Pollack Quoted in Inside Counsel on Implications for FOIA Requests Resulting from Circuit Split in Karantsalis

"Indicted Executive's Mug Shots Are Exempt from FOIA"
Inside Counsel
06.01.11Barry Pollack comments on Karantsalis v. DOJ, which presented a conflict between the 6th and 11th Circuits rulings over when personal privacy trumps the public's right to information, specifically related to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for mug shots. The circuit split demonstrates how the Act could become the subject of a patchwork of interpretations. "[The] decision will control what happens across the country, because everyone will make their [FOIA] request through their affiliates in [Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio or Tennessee]," says Pollack. He notes that is exactly what media organizations did recently to acquire the shooter's mug shots after the January shooting in Arizona that critically injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
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