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A&A: Is crime victim entitled to see investigation records?

Q: My daughter was raped by her ex and he recorded it. She obtained the video and filed charges. Her ex is the son of a DA employee. They did not file charges and “lost the video.” They did not notify anyone and the case is closed. Since then they have refused to enforce a Domestic Violence Restraining Order and it has been violated several times. When we requested files/explanations we were told they were

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Obtaining Copies of Police Reports Relating to a Minor

Obtaining Copies of Police Reports Relating to a Minor Q: The Sheriff’s Office refused to provide me with a copy of their Police Report about a shooting. I stated that my son (9-yr old) resides at an address near the shooting and he is in mortal danger. I need this report for the Family Court. A: You may be able to obtain at least certain information from the police report under the California Public Records

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A&A: What portion of personnel files are exempt from CPRA disclosure?

Q: Exactly what portion of personnel files are exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act? Specifically, I am trying to find out whether our child’s public school teacher — who was a probationary employee  resigned;  was terminated for cause, or  was “non-reelected” (no reason required per union contract). Our School District maintains that the vast majority of an teacher’s personnel file is non-public, with the exception of a very limited number of basic

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A&A: Trying to access the transcript of a 911 call

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Police Reports and the CPRA

Police Reports and the CPRA Q: This message pertains to obtaining police reports taken.  I have been told by LAPD that unless I am the one who files a police report I cannot get copies.  How can this not be public information?  If the report was filed against me am I entitled to a copy?  I have had approx 50-75 police reports filed against me by my insane neighbor and I am preparing to file

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LA Times sues for county child death records

Frustrated by delays  and heavy redactions, the Los Angeles Times is suing for the release of records concerning the deaths of children under the supervision of the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services. -db From the Los Angeles Times, September 15, 2011, by Garrett Therolf. Full story

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Federal appeals court rejects student’s free speech claim over racial slur

Citing the likelihood of substantial disruption, the 2nd Circuit ruled that school authorities acted corrrectly in suspending a student for making a racial slur after a Hispanic student had died in a motorcycle accident. -db First Amendment Center Analysis October 20, 2010 By David L. Hudson Jr. East Hampton, N.Y., public school officials were entitled to qualified immunity for removing a student from school who allegedly made a racial slur that led to substantial disruptions

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DA Office Complaint Records

DA Office Complaint Records Q: The DA’s Office will not provide me copies of 6 complaint refusals on a felony that I was the victim in. A: I am unsure of the meaning of your reference to “6 a complaint refusals” in your inquiry.  If the records to which you refer are copies of complaints or related records, the District Attorney’s office can legally withhold the copies you requested.  However, under the California Public Records

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A&A: Can I access emails of city employees using personal emails for city business?

Q: Our newspaper made an public records request for ”all emails to and from city employees” regarding a new parking meter system the city is using.  Our intention is to see whether employees have written emails stating that the system is not working properly. In response, the city attorney exempted an unspecified number of emails citing a ’deliberative process’ exemption in CCC 6252(d), 6254(a) and (k) and 6255. He cited cases including Rogers v. Superior

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FAC Sues DOJ Over Trump Administration’s Secret Collection of Journalist’s Records

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC) today sued the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to force the department to disclose records relating to the government’s seizure of confidential telephone and email records from New York Times reporter Ali Watkins. The suit, filed today in federal court in San Francisco under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), seeks memos, emails or other documents that would shed light on why the DOJ collected Watkins’ records for months secretly,

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Glen Beck’s suit claiming unfair use of a trademarked name garners stiff response

Conservative commentator Glen Beck ferreted out the identity of an anonymous person behind a site that satirized Beck’s rhetorical style for the purpose of filing a suit against the man. The man, Isaac Eiland-Hall, claims that site poses no real threat to Beck’s livelihood but that Beck is filing the suit to shut down protected expression that accurately satirizes Beck’s rhetorical style. In an e-mail to FAC Director Peter Scheer posted at the end of this

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UC Irvine: Muslim Student Union suspended for year for disrupting Israel ambassador’s speech

The Muslim Student Union has appealed University of California Irvine’s suspension of their group for one year, saying that the suspension would create a chilling effect on expression of ideas and hurt their efforts to combat marginalization. -db The Orange County Register June 15, 2010 By Deepa Bharath and Ellyn Pak IRVINE, Calif.– UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union members say a year-long suspension came as a shock and that the university’s action would deny Muslim

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Commentary

An open letter to judges in the BALCO appeal: To learn the identity of the reporters’ confidential source, just ask their lawyer By Peter Scheer Honorable Judges of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Dear Sirs/Madams: A three-judge panel of this Court will soon consider appeals by the San Francisco Chronicle and two of its reporters from judgments of contempt for refusing to reveal their confidential source for stories about steroid use

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Google announces new worldwide web freedom services

Google’s recent unveiling of three services to promote free expression on the web has been hailed as a major advance in protecting dissidents and progressives working under autocratic regimes, but in reality the services may be less than touted. Google Idea, the Google “think/do tank” based in New York City, announced October 21 that it is developing uProxy, Project Shield and Digital Attack Map. –uProxy allows persons in countries with a repressive government to evade censorship and

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New rule allows public access to administrative records of California courts

The California Judicial Council approved a new Rule of Court this week giving the public a right of access to administrative records of Superior and Appellate courts and the Administrative Office of the Courts. The rule will be in effect January of next year and is modeled after the California Public Records Act. -DB Legislative Bulletin California Newspaper Publishers Association Commentary December 16, 2009 At its meeting in San Francisco yesterday, the California Judicial Council

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Commentary

Anonymous speech, although constitutionally protected, is mostly digital graffiti. Freedom of expression means taking responsibility for what you write. By Peter Scheer A Chinese blogger, defying a government censorship decree, publishes information about the crash of a military transport plane. Another blogger, an Egyptian, posts photos of the scarred body of a teenager who was tortured by Egyptian police. Both bloggers are anonymous. No one can doubt these speakers’ need to hide their identities. Their

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A&A: What does the CPRA say about an agency charging a $48 “clerical fee”?

Q:  I’m interested in getting some feedback from someone a little more experienced at filing public records act requests. I’m a little suspicious of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing charging a $48 “clerical fee”although their invoice does not list the amount of pages or mailing fee, implying the search has not yet been done. The request I made was for copies of complaints made against several businesses. Your thoughts? A: From your inquiry I understand that you

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