Victoria Kim reports that a California judge denied an attempt from the union representing the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to block the L.A. Times from reporting on sheriff’s deputies. The union had alleged that the Times and a reporter were unlawfully in possession of – and would use – background investigation files containing personal information of about 500 deputies and possibly their families.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell denied the union’s motion, writing in her ruling that the union failed to present “the evidence most critical to the showing of irreparable harm or immediate danger.”
“The court declines to issue [an order] imposing a prior restraint on defendants’ free speech based on the speculative hearsay testimony of anonymous witnesses,” she wrote.
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