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Copley Press, Inc. v. Superior Court of San Diego County (County of San Diego), S128603

The California Public Records Act (CPRA), and common law and constitutional considerations do not require disclosure to a newspaper publisher of records of the County of San Diego Civil Service Commission relating to a peace officer's administrative appeal of a disciplinary matter which were protected under Penal Code section 832.7.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/31/2006
  • Published 08/31/2006

Judges

  • CHIN, J.

Court

  • Supreme Court of California

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Harold W. Fuson, Jr.,Judith L. Fanshaw, La Jolla, Scott A. Wahrenbrock;  Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, Guylyn R. Cummins, San Diego, Robert J. Stumpf, San Francisco, Gary L. Bostwick and Jean-Paul Jassy, Los Angeles, for Petitioner., Casey Gwinn, City Attorney (San Diego), Anita M. Noone, Assistant City Attorney, and James M. Chapin, Deputy City Attorney, for City of San Diego and City of San Diego Civil Service Commission as Amici Curiae on behalf of Petitioner., Law Offices of Amitai Schwartz, Amitai Schwartz, Emeryville;  Alan L. Schlosser, Mark Schlosberg, San Francisco;  Peter Eliasberg, Los Angeles;  Jordan C. Budd, San Diego, Elvira Cacciavillani and David Blair-Loy for the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties as Amici Curiae on behalf of Petitioner., Davis Wright Tremaine, Kelli Sager, Alonzo Wickers IV, Susan E. Seager, Los Angeles, Thomas R. Burke, San Francisco;  David Tomlin;  Russell F. Coleman, David S. Starr;  Charles J. Glasser, Jr.;   Peter Scheer;  Thomas W. Newton, James W. Ewert;  Terry Francke;  Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, James E. Grossberg;  Eve Burton, Jonathan R. Donnellan;  Karlene W. Goller, Los Angeles;  Stephen J. Burns, Sacramento;  DLA Piper RudnickGray Cary, James M. Chadwick, San Francisco;  David McCraw;  Lucy A. Dalglish;  Loeb & Loeb and Douglas E. Mirell, Los Angeles, for Los Angeles Times Communications LLC, Freedom Communications, Inc., dba The Orange County Register, the Hearst Corporation, The Associated Press, The Bakersfield Californian, The New York Times Company, The McClatchy Company, Belo Corp., The San Jose Mercury News, Inc., Bloomberg L.P., California Newspaper Publishers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Los Angeles Chapter, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, California First Amendment Coalition, Californians Aware and Professor Erwin Chemerinsky as Amici Curiae on behalf of Petitioner., Elise S. Rose, Sacramento, and Bruce A. Mongross for California State Personnel Board as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioner., John J. Sansone, County Counsel, and William H. Songer, Deputy County Counsel, for Real Parties in Interest County of San Diego and San Diego County Civil Service Commission., Bobbitt & Pinckard, Everett L. Bobbitt, Richard L. Pinckard, San Diego, Bradley M. Fields and Julie S. Buechler, San Diego, for Real Parties in Interest San Diego Sheriffs' Association and San Diego Police Officers' Association., Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, Gary M. Messing, Sacramento;  Ivey, Smith & Ramirez and Jean-Claude André for Peace Officers Research Association of California's Legal Defense Fund as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Real Parties in Interest San Diego Sheriffs' Association and San Diego Police Officers' Association.

  • For Appellees:
  • No appearance for Respondent.

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