Wednesday, October 25, 2006
From LATimes.com: California prosecutors are no longer releasing routine information about defendants, including their criminal histories and parole or probation status.
The change comes in the aftermath of a Sept. 20 legal opinion from Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer that furnishing such information from law enforcement computer databases violates defendants' privacy rights
Taken together with a recent California Supreme Court decision restricting disclosure of police disciplinary records, the opinion significantly narrows the public's access to bedrock information about the criminal justice system. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]