Disclosure Provision in Penal Code Should Override CPRA Exemptions
Participated in a letter (with the Reporters Committee and other media groups) sent to the Supreme Court of California regarding the case Becerra v. Superior Court. The letter urges the court to depublish Part D of the California Court of Appeal’s decision in this case because it is contrary to the legislature’s purpose and intent in amending the state penal code to allow disclosure of public records about law enforcement misconduct and use of force. Part D would allow the government to withhold such records by relying on exemptions in the California Public Records Act (CPRA). Allowing Part D to stand would have a profoundly negative impact on the ability of the press and the public to effectively oversee California law enforcement, the letter said.