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Milner v. Department of the Navy

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
09-1163 9th Cir. Dec 1, 2010
Tr.Aud.
Mar 7, 2011 8-1 Kagan OT 2010

Holding: Maps describing the location of explosives do not qualify for withholding under Exemption 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, which shields from disclosure only records that relate to employee relations and human resources issues.

Plain English Holding: Maps describing the location of explosives do not qualify for withholding under Exemption 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, which shields from disclosure only records that relate to employee relations and human resources issues.

Judgment: Reversed, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice Elena Kagan on March 7, 2011. Justice Alito filed a concurring opinion. Justice Breyer filed a dissent.

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