DOCUMENT DROP : Magistrate Judge Mann sides with DOJ in FOIA lawsuit that will keep secret records about the prosecution of activists

By LOUIS FLORES

Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann has issued a report and recommendation, siding with the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow the Government to keep secret records about the prosecution of activists.

The report and recommendation denied in whole motions filed by the publisher of Progress Queens that sought to show that the Government has been withholding in bad faith records that exist and that likely exist that are responsive to a request filed in 2013 under the Nation's Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.

The report and recommendation also overlooked allegations made by the publisher of Progress Queens of misconduct carried out by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rukhsana Singh and Angela George and the general misconduct carried out by others at the U.S. Department of Justice in the entering into evidence by Assistant U.S. Attorney Singh of at least one document that had been altered and suspect claims that Assistant U.S. Attorney George did not have a copy of the United States Attorneys' Manual, amonst other acts of alleged misconduct noted in the motions filed by the publisher of Progress Queens. Assistant U.S. Attorney Singh has been representing the U.S. Department of Justice in this litigation.

The Hon. Chief U.S. Magistrate Justice Mann has imposed a deadline of 21 October for objections to be filed with U.S. District Court Judge Joan Azrack, whose decision ultimately will decide the outcome of the legal dispute. The publisher of Progress Queens has filed a request for an extension of time to move the deadline by two weeks to 04 November.

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