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When FOIA Goes to Court: 20 Years of Freedom of Information Act Litigation by News Organizations and Reporters
(13 Jan 2021) In 2020, news organizations and individual reporters filed 122 different Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits to compel disclosure of federal government records—more than any year on record according to federal court data back to 2001 analyzed by the FOIA Project. In fact, the media alone have filed a total of 386 FOIA cases during the four years of the Trump Administration, from 2017 through 2020. See more...
Domestic Terrorism Prosecutions Reach All-Time High in FY 2020
(11 Jan 2021) Because of the January 6 attack on the Capitol, the public is highly interested in government's wider enforcement response to acts of domestic terrorism. In fact, last year in the wake of protests surrounding the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, there has been a large jump in federal prosecutions classified as domestic terrorism. See more...
Civil Lawsuits Decline Overall in October 2020 but Social Security Suits Reach Record Highs
(22 Dec 2020) Civil filings in federal court declined in October 2020. New filings had continued to grow during the first part of calendar year 2020 reaching a peak of nearly 60,000 in June, even as federal criminal prosecutions amid the pandemic declined. See more...
Immigration Court Case Completion Times Jump as Delays Lengthen
(21 Dec 2020) Not surprisingly, Immigration Court closures and delays in hearings for courts that are conducting hearings have drastically reduced the number of completed cases for the first two months of this fiscal year as compared with prior years at the same time. See more...
Major Swings in Immigration Criminal Prosecutions during Trump Administration
(18 Dec 2020) Immigration enforcement policies enacted by the Trump administration along the U.S.-Mexico border has contributed to notable fluctuations in the number of immigration-related prosecutions in federal courts since January 2017. See more...
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