Carlson and two other jail prisoners were accused of rape by another prisoner. The Sheriff filled out a report on the accusations and subsequently released it to a United Press International reporter. The resulting article named Carlson as being accused of forcible oral sex upon a prisoner. Carlson brought the action claiming that the records were labeled "restricted" and "limited access." The court dismissed the action and Carlson appealed.
On appeal, the Division Two Court of Appeals of Arizona affirmed the dismissal. It was held that the Sheriff prepared the report in the course of his official duties which made the report public record mandating it's production. The court further held that the labeling referred to was only on a copy and made in error. See: Carlson v. Pima County, 141 Ariz. 517, 687 P.2d 1272 (Ariz. App. 1983).
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Carlson v. Pima County
|Cite||141 Ariz. 517, 687 P.2d 1272 (Ariz. App. 1983)|
|Level||State Court of Appeals|