New FOIA Suit

Nov. 19, 2021, midnight | jashley

Nearly a 1.5 years ago, Head of the Legal Data Lab and Business Librarian Jon Ashley filed a FOIA request for a dozen non-prosecution agreements and a list of all such agreements the Dept. of Justice has struck since 2009. The list is of particular importance to reveal both the scale of the DOJ's practices and the parties involved in these agreements. Without a list the American public has no idea how often NPAs, which do not have to be filed in a federal court, are struck. Given the DOJ's non-response to the FOIA request and with the help of UVA Law's First Amendment Clinic (run by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press) and Public Citizen, we have filed suit. Below is recent coverage: Mike Scarcella, DOJ Non-Prosecution Records Are Target of Law Librarian's Suit, Reuters (Nov. 8, 2021), UVA Law Librarian Sues Justice Department to Force Release of List of Corporate Crime Settlements, Corp. Crime. Rep. (Nov. 9, 2021), Justin Ware, DOJ Sued By Law Librarian Over Non-Prosecution Records, Law360 (Nov. 9, 2021) Eric Williamson, First Amendment Clinic Sues DOJ Again for Non-Prosecution Agreements — and the Master List, U. Va. Sch. L. (Nov. 16, 2021),