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CA Cop's Disciplinary Action Held Confidential

Copley Press, Inc. requested documents related to a cop's disciplinary proceedings in the San Diego Civil Service Commission (Commission). The Commission refused to provide them, and Copley filed suit to compel disclosure under the California Public Records Act (Act). The trial court denied relief because the Act exempts from disclosure cops' disciplinary records that are maintained by their employing agencies. The appellate court reversed, finding that the Commission wasn't the cops' employing agency, and San Diego County appealed.

On appeal, the California Supreme Court found that the Commission should have been treated as if it were the cop's employing agency pursuant to Gov. Code §§ 6252 (a) and (e). It therefore reversed the appellate court and reinstated the trial court's order denying relief to Copley. See: Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court of San Diego County, 39 Cal.4th 1272, 141 P.3d 288 (Cal. 2006).

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