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Summaries not enough, San Diego judge says

The San Diego District Attorney’s Office must pay nearly $100,000 in legal fees in the settlement of a lawsuit over a public records request, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

When attorneys representing the First Amendment Coalition in 2018 requested all records of sexual misconduct by DA employees, the office provided summaries of six cases but not the actual records.

“This approach if used broadly would gut the most important aspect of the public records law – that the public gets to see the actual records,” FAC Executive Director David Snyder said.

A Superior Court judge this past July ruled that the records of six instances of misconduct be turned over, with certain information redacted as allowed by law.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors last week approved the payment of $97,500 for FAC’s legal fees. FAC was represented by attorneys from Jassy Vick Carolan, a CNPA Allied Member.

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