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Oregon PRL Requires Disclosure of Records for Cop's Disciplinary Action for shooting Civilian

The Oregon Publishing Co. (newspaper) sued the city of Portland, Oregon in state court under state Public Records Laws (PRL), Ore. Rev. Stat. § 192.420 et sec, to compel disclosure of records pertaining to the fatal shooting of a civilian by a Portland cop identified only as Bean and documentation of his disciplinary proceedings. The trial court ordered disclosure, and the city appealed.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Oregon found that the PRL provided the city with no confidentiality privilege with respect to the records at issue. Thus, the trial court's order to disclose them was affirmed. See: City of Portland v. Oregon Publishing Co., 112 P.3d 457 (2005).

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