Matthew Lickona 2:43 p.m., June 19
Mel Shapiro's Lawsuit Against the District Attorney's Office
Longtime civic activist, Mel Shapiro, wants to find out if any complaints have been made against government officials since District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis (left) took office in 2003.
In March, Shapiro requested that the District Attorney's Special Operations Division release public records of those complaints, including the time the complaint was made, the charge, and the action taken by the District Attorney. The District Attorney's office refused. Shapiro then changed his request to all complaints from 2007 through 2010. Again, Dumanis and her office refused.
So on March 27, Shapiro filed a lawsuit against the District Attorney's Office, the County, and Dumanis.
"In order to ensure that government officials and state agencies are acting within the law, and to hold agencies accountable when they utilize, enforce or implement laws, rules and regulations, the public must have the ability to oversee those agencies to the highest degree possible," reads Shapiro's lawsuit. "Access to agency documents and information is the primary method for public oversight."
Shapiro says that a judge has been assigned to the case but no hearing date has been set.
As to his motivations, Shapiro adds, "I am mainly interested in cases [Dumanis] did not prosecute. Will they be on her list of endorsements?"