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California high court sides with press in abuse cases at state-run homes
California high court sides with press in abuse cases at state-run homes

The press won in a California Supreme Court lawsuit seeking the release of details in abuse cases at government-run facilities for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled. The court voted unanimously that the records should be made public except for patients’ names for privacy reasons. The state’s highest court said a law intended to protect patient privacy should not shield the state from revealing the circumstances behind citations issued against state-run, long-term care facilities. The decision was a victory for California’s Center for Investigative Reporting, which wanted copies of nearly five dozen reports on physical abuse, negligent medical care and...

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