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Gov't Must Pay Legal Fees In Court Battle Over 'Secret' Drone Docs


The government will be paying its opponent's legal fees after needlessly drawing out FOIA litigation, the Ninth Circuit Appeals Court has decided [PDF]. The First Amendment Coalition sued the Department of Justice after it refused to produce documents discussing the legal rationale for extrajudicial drone strikes targeting American citizens.

The legal memo FAC sought was the same legal memo the ACLU and New York Times sued the DOJ for refusing to release. (Or so the FAC thought.

But its litigation -- along with the ACLU/NYT litigation -- made it clear the government was holding on to more than one legal memo.)

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