LA County Seal

By Abby Sewell
October 31, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

A local resident and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Los Angeles County for refusing to disclose how much it has spent defending lawsuits against the county sheriff’s department.

The ACLU and Eric Preven — a local resident who frequently scrutinizes county business — requested copies of invoices from law firms showing charges for fighting lawsuits alleging abuse of inmates in county jails. They also seek contracts with consultants hired to oversee the implementation of recommendations made by a citizens’ commission to reduce jail violence.

According to a complaint filed Thursday, the county denied the requests, citing a California Public Records Act exemption for material that covers dealings between a client and their lawyer.

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