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Gang Injunction Further Moth-Balled

Judge Takes Trial Date off Calendar


Thursday, August 16, 2012

The October 1 trial date for the city’s proposed gang injunction ​— ​which, among other things, would restrict known gang members from wearing certain clothing and keep them from gathering in specific areas of the city ​— ​has been taken off-calendar by Superior Court Judge Colleen Sterne in order to allow the city more time to gather information.

Attorneys from the city and District Attorney’s Office said in court Monday morning that they have filed 27 petitions with the juvenile court to have juvenile records released. Along with the Eastside and Westside gangs, the city named 30 people in the proposed injunction that it deemed the “baddest of the bad.” The petitions are all related to named defendants, while the three others apparently do not have juvenile records.

When the city initially released 1,200 pages of information to defense attorneys, it had cited the juvenile records of more than 100 alleged gang members in support of the injunction. The judge decided that the public release of that information was not allowed, and that the city would have to petition the juvenile court to release the information, which is kept under seal. So the DA’s Office has filed the petitions, but the juvenile court has yet to hold any hearings on whether it will release the info. The matter will be back in court on 10/29.

Billy Collins & Aimee Mann

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