LAPD v. United Reporting Publishing Corp.
- Case Date: 12/7/1999
- Project Name: Criminalization of Free Enterprise - Business Civil Liberties Program
On December 7, 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to overturn a California law that permits localities to withhold from the public at large the names and addresses of those arrested, while at the same time releasing that information to select groups. In its brief, WLF argued that the LAPD is violating the First Amendment by releasing arrestee information to a select group without making the information generally available. The Court said that the plaintiffs could not bring a facial challenge to the law because they were not being prohibited from conveying information in their possession; rather, their only complaint was that they were being denied access to government information. But the plaintiffs will be permitted to argue on remand that the statute is unconstitutional as applied to them in particular, because it treats them less favorably than it treats other groups (such as newspapers) seeking the arrestee information.