by Irvin Muchnick
Bringing an end to a month of confusion, the Alameda County Superior Court of Judge Jeffrey S. Brand today rescinded a mistaken March 18 order stating that my case against the University of California Regents, for more internal files related to the 2014 death of UC Berkeley football player Ted Agu under the California Public Records Act, had been “dropped.” A new docket entry notes “Order Voiding 3/18/19 order.”
I indeed lost a motion seeking the court to compel release by the university of a 141-page binder of Berkeley campus police records. We’ve been able to publish some of those documents, anyway, thanks to anonymous campus sources. The overall litigation, which already has yielded other significant public records releases, proceeds over other remaining disputes. Most notable is UC’s broad claim of attorney-client privilege for hundreds of pages of internal emails that are almost completely redacted except for senders, recipients, subject lines, and times and dates.