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Friday, December 17, 2010

Federal judge ruled White House visitor logs are public records

On December 17, 2007, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that White House visitor logs are public documents, rejecting a Bush administration bid to have the logs treated as confidential presidential records. Visitor logs are compiled by the Secret Service, and thus subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [5 USC § 552] requests, according to the ruling. The Bush administration had ordered that the logs be submitted to the White House, attempting to keep them outside FOIA.



Learn more about the Freedom of Information Act from the JURIST news archive.




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