Catherine COTTON, Plaintiff, v. Robert MCC. ADAMS, Defendant

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Court denied motion to reconsider the Court's earlier March 18, 1992 decision against the Defendant. 1) Upheld earlier decision that the Smithsonian Institution is subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as an agency that performs government functions, responsible for safekeeping and maintaining national treasurers. 2) Denied defendant's motion to withhold documents on the basis of FOIA Exemption 7(C) because the documents in question were not compiled for law enforcement purposes. 3) Court granted the Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment on the basis of FOIA Exemption 6, concluding that privacy interest outweighed public interest in the release of the documents.


  • Cotton, Catherine
  • Adams, Robert McCormick 1926-2018
  • Richey, Charles R
  • United States District Court, District of Columbia


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 798 F. Supp. 22 (D.D.D. 1992)
  • Court case


See Order, Cotton v. Adams, Civ. 91-2827 (D.D.C., March 18, 1992).

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798 Federal Supplement (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1993
  • 06/26/1992


  • Law
  • Interpretation and construction
  • Actions and defenses
  • Status (Law)
  • Freedom of information
  • Law--Interpretation and construction


Court case

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Number of pages: 7; Page Numbers: 22-28

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