Officer records deemed secret in Calif.

State Supreme Court rules that the public has no right to information about law enforcement personnel involved in disciplinary cases
By Maura Dolan
Los Angeles Times 
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SAN FRANCISCO — Police disciplinary records will become more secret under a far-reaching ruling Thursday by the California Supreme Court.

The court ruled 6 to 1 that the public may not have access to police discipline records filed during administrative appeals, including the names of officers who have been terminated, unless the officers waive their rights to privacy.

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