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Nevada Police Report Must Be Disclosed to Public

Dorney of Nevada, Inc. (newspaper) sued the Reno, Nevada Police Department in state court to compel disclosure of an investigation report. The trial court dismissed, believing that Nev. Rev. Stat. § 179A rendered all such reports exempt from disclosure to the public. The newspaper appealed.

On appeal, the Supreme Court of Nevada recognized that the report said only that the police had investigated city officials and found that they’d done nothing wrong. Since there was no statute making such reports exempt from disclosure, and no public policy reason to so declare, the Court found the report to be subject to disclosure under Nev. Rev. Stat. § 239.010. Therefore, the trial court was reversed and the case remanded. See: Donrey of Nevada, Inc. v. Bradshaw, 106 Nev. 530; 798 P.2d 144 (1990).

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Donrey of Nevada, Inc. v. Bradshaw