Detroit Newspaper Sues Justice Department for Refusing to Release Mug Shots
By The Detroit Free Press | July 8, 2013 10:45 pm

The Detroit Free Press is suing the U.S. Department of Justice for not releasing mug shots of criminal defendants, arguing the courts have ruled in the past that the public has a right to see those photos.

The lawsuit involves the booking photos of three high-profile criminal defendants: former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, and his longtime contracting friend Bobby Ferguson. The Free Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the defendants’ mug shots with the U.S. Marshal’s Office on Feb. 12, while all three men were standing trial on numerous public corruption charges.

Two days later, the Justice Department denied the Free Press request, stating in a letter that the release of the mug shots “could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” (Read more).

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