CA Supreme Court Rules on Police File Review Case

The decision upheld the review process currently used by about a dozen CA Counties.

The main takeaway from the ruling says that prosecutors do not have to review the personnel files of police officers serving as witnesses.

That exact job is tasked to police review boards, and requiring prosecutors to review witness officers for bias or misconduct rings similar to working for the defendant.

The State Supreme Court decision overrules a San Francisco judge and a state appeals court ruling, which agreed with the case’s defendant, the Supreme Court included in the ruling that open access to the police personnel files could jeopardize officer privacy.

Justice Ming Chin explained further, saying “a police officer does not become the target of an investigation merely by being a witness in a criminal case.”

The full story on the ruling can be found here.


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