Chief Justice John Roberts proved today that opinions regarding dry legal issues can be brought to life with lively prose and an attention to grammar.
At issue in FCC v. AT&T was the Freedom of Information Act which requires federal agencies to make records publicly available upon request unless they fall within several exemptions of the law. AT&T — seeking to avoid the release of sensitive documents –argued it could be covered by one exemption pertaining to an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”
The question before the court was whether corporations have “personal privacy” for the purposes of the exemption.
Roberts, writing for a unanimous court, said in this instance personal privacy did not apply to corporations.