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Detroit Paper Wins Photo Release; Pick Them Up in Washington

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The Detroit Free Press won its fight with the U.S. Marshals Service over access to photos of criminal defendants in the city’s U.S. District Court. But the federal court ruling said the photos could be released at the marshals Washington, D.C. office rather than in Detroit, and the service can take the full 20 days to process the requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The service had been providing mug shots a same day basis until last year when it stopped, claiming photos fell under the FOIA privacy exemption. (9/20/05)