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Everyone Hates Julian Assange—Except For That Time They Used to Love Him

The bipolar, bipartisan love/hate for the Wikileaks founder threatens the First Amendment and has clouded the true nature of the fundamental rights at stake. BY DAVID SNYDER—It’s not hard to find people in Washington with strong opinions about Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange. But good luck finding someone with an opinion about Assange that …

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A&A: As A Public Employee Denied Right to Attend Public Meeting, What Are My Rights?

Q:  My employer—a Business Improvement District—had a regularly scheduled board meeting that per our contract with the City must be open to the public. Thirty minutes before the meeting the executive director sent me home, due to my failure to respond to a text message while on my lunch hour. In the past, myself and other …

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A&A: Seeking Information On Probation Compliance Of Parolee Who Committed Murder

Q: I am working on a story about a man who was released from the local jail on probation and a month later is the suspect in a murder-suicide. I have obtained a copy of his pre-sentencing probation report, which labels him as a high risk to reoffend and notes that post-release monitoring would be important. …

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A&A: School Board Voted In Secret to Pick New Superintendent

Q: Our group plus hundreds of teachers, parents, and community activists protested against the secret meeting that the city school board to pick the new yet controversial superintendent. We believe that the closed and secret meeting violated several provisions of the Brown Act and we would like help in understanding how the Brown Act applies …

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A&A: Is A Letter From A Water District Lawyer A City Attorney Public?

Q: The Municipal Water District had a contract to deliver water, but wanted to modify it. The District’s lawyer wrote a letter to the city attorney, attaching a draft civil complaint, asking for a set of changes, threatening to sue otherwise. “Settlement” meetings were in closed session. Now that a new contract has been agreed …

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A&A: Obtaining HHS/Child Protective Services Records Via CPRA

Q: Recently I had an erroneous claim filed against me through child protective services alleging child neglect. This was quickly marked as ‘unfounded’ and closed.  However, the agency will not give me access to either the initial report filed or the filing party’s name. The only information they are giving me access to is to request …

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A&A: Is There A ‘Duty of Good Faith’ For Agencies Timely Response to CPRA Requests?

Q: Our office has several has several Public Records requests out at this time. I have been asked to find out if there is any case law or information in regards to a Duty of Good Faith in a public agency responding to a CPRA. Particularly in the context of a genuine public need for the …

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A&A: Stripped of First Amendment Rights By City Council

Q: I went to a city council meeting and a woman was being proposed for city office. I condemned her appointment, saying Martin Luther King Jr. would not have approved. I also condemned the homosexuals in the room. Christianity is often condemned by others with no results, but this time, the Mayor interrupted me and …

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A&A: Want Info on 911 Call that Prompted Police to Swarm My House Where No Crime Occurred

Q: I was at lunch at home from work when police officers swarmed my house. They claimed a 911 call came in reporting domestic abuse at my address and a female was screaming. There was no issue at my house, but I would like to know who made this call. Was it a case of a …

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A&A: First Amendment Rights Violated by Restricting Access on Public Sidewalk

Q: We were peacefully walking by a Scientology event which was held at a hotel in Florida. There were scores of people on the sidewalk. A police officer moonlighting for Scientology told us that they did not want us on the sidewalk (which is public) and that we would have to leave (we have a video …

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