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Journalist Is Entitled to Lawyer Fees in FOIA Case

(CN) - For the second time in two years, the D.C. Circuit awarded attorney fees to a journalist who won a Freedom of Information Act request for records related to the CIA's alleged involvement in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

When the CIA refused to produce the documents, William Davy Jr. filed a lawsuit that was settled through a joint stipulation establishing deadlines for the agency to comply.

The district court found him ineligible for attorney fees, but the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., reversed and remanded in July 2006.

The lower court again denied fees.

"This court must reverse and remand again," Judge Rogers wrote. "The information Davy requested - about individuals allegedly involved in President Kennedy's assassination - serves a public benefit."

Because Davy won his FOIA case, the court concluded, he is entitled to attorney fees.

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