Kevin Koeninger reports:
A 6th Circuit panel seemed open on Wednesday to a possible en banc review of case law regarding the release of mug shots under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Detroit Free Press Inc. – which has been litigating the issue for over two decades – tried to convince the panel during oral arguments to keep the status quo, which allows for the release of mug shots if certain criteria are met.
The U.S. Department of Justice, however, seeks a full court review of the issue, and its attorney stressed that a person undoubtedly has “a non-trivial privacy interest in [his or her] mug shot.”
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