L.A. Times Insists on Using Stolen Background Files, ALADS Appeals Court Ruling and Gathers Support From State's Peace Officer Associations
Normally, the possession of stolen property would be enough reason to prosecute anyone admittedly having or using it. Not so, according to the L.A. County Superior Court in a ruling issued last week.
The case stems from stolen background files-up to 500 files-which were given to a Los Angeles Times reporter in July. The Times has rejected requests to return the files.
ALADS' lawyers filed a lawsuit to prohibit reporting of information contained in the files and requested the L.A. Times return the files.
ALADS President Floyd Hayhurst said that the Association has already directed legal counsel Green and Shinee to appeal the ruling.
In support of officer privacy, Association representatives have also issued a state-wide request to peace officer associations to file Amicus briefs on the case.
ALADS President Floyd Hayhurst said that no peace officer should ever have his personal information revealed to the public. "This entire discussion is a text book violation of peace officers' privacy and confidentiality rights protected by the penal code and the constitution." Hayhurst explained. "What part of 'stolen property' is such a mystery to the L.A. Times."
"If any harm comes to deputy sheriffs or their families because of the stolen files, we will hold the Los Angeles Times responsible for their complete lack of journalistic integrity," Hayhurst said