California Statute Should Be Construed Broadly in Favor of Access
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the Court of Appeal, State of California in Becerra v. Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco. This is a California Public Records Act (CPRA) case in which the First Amendment Coalition and KQED submitted a CPRA request to the California Attorney General and Department of Justice. The request sought law enforcement records under SB 1421, a state law enacted in 2018 that dramatically increased public access to such records. The trial court agreed that all records the AG and Justice Dept. maintained had to be disclosed, but they appealed. The amicus brief provided additional argument on why SB 1421 should be construed broadly in favor of access.