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FBI ordered to pay up for withholding records from journo Seth Rosenfeld

Monday, October 22, 2012

A nice postscript to Bay Area journalist Seth Rosenfeld’s recently-published book on ‘60s radicalism, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power.”  A judge has awarded him $470,459 in attorneys fees from two lawsuits against the FBI—one in 1990 and another in 2007—for its withholding documents he requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

The money will go to the nonprofit First Amendment Project of Oakland, which represented him pro bono, and to the San Francisco law firm of Bryan Cave, the Chronicle says.

Rosenfeld, who used thousands of documents he obtained from the FBI to write the book, filed five lawsuits altogether. All but one has been resolved. It involves the release of information about Black Panther Party member and alleged FBI informant Richard Aoki.

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