Newspaper, FBI reach agreement in Withers FOIA

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Tennessee newspaper and the government report they have agreed in principle to settle the paper's lawsuit seeking documents about civil rights-era photographer Ernest Withers' work as an informant for the FBI.

The two sides said they were in the process of finalizing and executing a settlement agreement in a filing late Wednesday night. To allow time to do so, they asked the court to suspend deadlines in the case until March 8.

U.S. District Amy Berman Jackson granted the request Thursday morning.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI in 2010. Last year, the FBI released 348 pages to the paper, heavily redacted in places. But in a court filing, the paper called the release insufficient.

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