Request #19-6945
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To whom it may concern,

My name is John Pfohl and I work for Jupiter Entertainment, a television production company based in Knoxville, TN and New York City.  We produce true-crime documentary shows for a variety of television networks including Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, and Discovery Channel.  Our website link is found here:  www.jupiterent.com.


For our true-crime documentary show "Snapped" airing on the Oxygen Network, we are filming an episode about the above-styled homicide case that was successfully investigated in part by the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim's names were Gerald Woodman and Vera Woodman.  Stewart Woodman was charged with their murder, which occurred on or about September of 1985.

California Public Records Act (CPRA)

We are making a CPRA request for copies of the following items:

  1. Incident Report & Supplemental Detective Documentation*
  2. Affidavit in Support of Arrest Warrant*

*(Would we be able to get these two ASAP so we can use it to confirm the factual accuracy of our show?  The rest of the items could be produced in due time)

  1.   crime scene photos on a CD
  2.   9-1-1 audio call on CD
  3.   police interview DVD (or audio, if video unavailable) with suspect(s)
  4.   police interview DVD's (or audio, if video unavailable) with all witnesses
  5.   mugshot of suspect(s)
  6.   any relevant surveillance videos

We are happy to pay any production costs associated with the disclosure of these items but would like an estimate prior to redaction. Thank you for your assistance, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Sincerely,
John Pfohl    


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November 27, 2019 via web


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LAPD Analyst Alexis N1685

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November 27, 2019, 2:19pm
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Dear Requester:

 

We reviewed your request for copies of the Los Angeles Police Department’s crime and incident reports concerning an incident occurring in 1985.

 

Your request was made under the California Public Records Act (the Act). The Department is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Act. It recognizes the statutory scheme was enacted to maximize citizen access to the workings of government and does not mandate disclosure of all documents within the government’s possession. Rather, by specific exemption and reference to other statutes, the Act recognizes that there are boundaries where the public’s right to access must be balanced against such weighty considerations as the right of privacy, a right of constitutional dimension under California Constitution, Article 1, Section 1. The law also exempts from disclosure, records that are privileged or confidential, or otherwise exempt under either express provisions of the Act or pursuant to applicable federal or state law, per California Government Code Sections 6254(b); 6254(c); 6254(f); 6254(k); and 6255.

 

In accordance with the California Government Code, Section 6254(f), records of investigations conducted by, or investigatory files compiled by, any local police agency for law enforcement purposes are exempt from disclosure. To the extent that records were located, they are either investigatory records themselves or properly part of an investigative file. Therefore, we are denying your request. The records may be provided pursuant to a subpoena or court order related to pending litigation.

 

Should any records be located, to the extent the information is recorded, the time, date, and location of occurrence, the time and date of the report, the name and age of the victim, and a brief statement of the circumstances can be made available to you upon request.

 

If you have any questions, please respond to this email.

 

Respectfully,

 

LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

November 27, 2019, 2:18pm
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November 27, 2019, 9:01am
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November 27, 2019, 9:01am