Death row inmate loses FOIA lawsuit against FBI

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the FBI's decision to redact information from records sought under the Freedom of Information Act by a Tennessee death row inmate.

Inmate Michael Dale Rimmer sued the agency over records relating to an investigation they conducted into the death of a Memphis motel clerk in 1997. Rimmer was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of the clerk, Ricci Lynn Ellsworth.

After his conviction, he claimed that the FBI investigation produced exculpatory evidence and made a FOIA request. The FBI eventually released 786 pages, but Rimmer disputes redactions made on a majority of the pages.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit said in an opinion released Wednesday that the redacted information is protected under FOIA exemptions.

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