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Name: Becerrada v. Superior Court
Case #: B179266
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 7
Opinion Date: 07/25/2005
Subsequent History: rehearing denied 8/22/05

Appellant sought a writ of mandate to prevent the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department from providing to witnesses information which was ordered disclosed to appellant as the result of his Pitchess motion. The deputies who sought the information did so in order to prepare for trial. Appellant contended that release of the information would violate the prohibition against releasing the information absent a separate Pitchess motion. The appellate court denied the writ, holding that a limited release to an individual officer of information contained in his own file would not disturb the balance between the right to a fair trial and the officer’s right to privacy. However, this does not provide a “back door” for the prosecution to obtain confidential records of officers.