Request #20-3149
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I'm a freelance journalist and under the California Public Records Act § 6250 et seq., I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of arrest and incident reports from the Los Angeles Police Department pertaining to subject Unsunny Young Han (DOB: [REDACTED]). My request is in the interest of fact checking and to ensure details are not just simply fabricated.

This information is not being sought for commercial purposes. If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $25. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of the subject, who was put under a spotlight in the 1990s from a conspiracy to murder charge to which her twin sister was ultimately convicted of. I've been commissioned by Truly*Adventurous, a digital magazine, to retell the story since it was last reported in 1997; this includes new interviews, both with the subject and other affected individuals.

The California Public Records Act requires a response within ten business days. If access to the records I am requesting will take longer, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records. If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law. Thank you for considering my request. 

Best,

Jana


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May 21, 2020 via web


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LAPD Sr Analyst Alexis N1685

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Dear Requester:

 

We reviewed your request for copies of the Los Angeles Police Department’s crime and arrest reports concerning Unsunny Young Han.

 

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 are the victim or the victim’s legal representative, you may contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Records and Identification Division at (213) 486-8110 for further information on obtaining reports for victims of crimes.

 

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

 

Respectfully,

 

LAPD Discovery Section, CPRA Unit

May 22, 2020, 4:09pm
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May 21, 2020, 4:29pm
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May 21, 2020, 4:29pm