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Jul 2008
LAPPL Encouraged by Judge's Questions

For Immediate Release

Jude Schneider (310) 497-7312 or
Eric Rose (805) 624-0572

Los Angeles, July 11, 2008 –Judge Gary Feess of the United States District Court considered the briefing and oral arguments presented regarding the LAPPL's motion for a preliminary injunction regarding financial disclosures in which the League believes it had raised substantial questions on the merits of its claim that the Proposed Special Order violates its members privacy rights.

The court found that the issues the LAPPL has raised regarding the adequacy of the safeguards need further review and he has asked both parties to submit to the Court supplemental memoranda before Friday, July 18, 2008.

According to the Court, “These memoranda are to address the following issues: (1) whether the Proposed Special Order, on implementation, becomes a part of the LAPD Manual; (2) which, if any, Section(s) of the LAPD Manual describe the discipline and/or punishment that may be imposed for the disclosure of confidential information; (3) whether California state law provides any punishment in cases where a public employee unlawfully discloses confidential information maintained by his/her employer; (4) the availability, if any, of the information to litigants through the Pitchess procedure; (5) any other information that either party believes is relevant to the means employed to safeguard the information required to be disclosed under the Proposed Special Order.”

In a statement, League President Tim Sands said, “We are pleased that the Judge is asking both sides additional questions. The LAPPL believes that that the proposed Special Order will not be effective in the detection and prevention of corruption, unnecessarily invades California statutory and constitutional rights, and will inevitably lead to staffing vacancies in vital assignments resulting from officers who justifiably do not wish to jeopardize the financial privacy of their families.”

About the LAPPL: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,000 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at



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