Police Disciplinary Records Should Be Made Public After Repeal of Ban
Participated in two amicus briefs (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. DeBlasio. The cases stem from the repeal of Section 50-a of the New York Civil Rights Law, which made available police disciplinary records previously shielded from public view. The Second Circuit brief concerns a temporary restraining order affecting the New York Civil Liberties Union and raises First Amendment concerns about a prior restraint on the NYCLU. The district court brief argues that the news media need access to the newly released records to report on law enforcement activities.