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California Cop's Termination Papers Exempt from Disclosure under State PRA

The Copely Press sued the San Diego County Civil Service Commission (Commission) in state court under the state Public Records Act (PRA) Gov. Code § 6250 et seq to compel disclosure of documents pertaining to a cop's termination. The trial court dismissed; the appellate court reversed, and the Commission appealed.

On appeal, the Supreme Court of California found that since the requested records contained the cop's name and other personal information, they were exempt from disclosure under Cal. Const. art. II § 3 subd. (b)(3). On that basis, the appellate court was reversed and the trial court's dismissal of the case was reinstated. See: Copely Press, Inc. v. Superior Court of San Diego County, 39 Cal.4th 1272 (2006).

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Copely Press, Inc. v. Superior Court of San Diego County