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Police Privacy Laws Keeping Key Info on Cop Misdeeds from Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors

August 09, 2018 - 4:16 pm

(KNX 1070) --  A report says a police deputy's misdeeds were kept secret from prosecutors and the domino effect is huge, and not in a good way. 

California's police privacy laws are keeping defense attorneys and prosecutors from finding out about misconduct by cops called on to testify in court.

An LA County sheriff's deputy who nearly lost his job for faking evidence went on to testify in more than 30 cases, and was a potential witness against more than 300 defendants before the DA's Office found out about his wrongdoin

Defendants can try to get information from an officer's personnel records through something known as the "Pitchess process" but it's tough. 

A case pending in the state Supreme Court could determine whether the LA County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies can give the names of "problem" officers - who may not be credible witnesses to prosecutors.