Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al

Filing 272

Letter from Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. re Proposed Protective Orders. (Pachter, Tamar) (Filed on 12/3/2009)

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Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al Doc. 272 Case3:09-cv-02292-VRW Document272 Filed12/03/09 Page1 of 1 EDMUND G. BROWN JR. Attorney General State of California DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 455 GOLDEN GATE AVENUE, SUITE 11000 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102-7004 Public: (415) 703-5500 Telephone: (415) 703-5970 Facsimile: (415) 703-1234 E-Mail: December 3, 2009 The Honorable Joseph C. Spero United States Magistrate Judge Northern District of California 450 Golden Gate Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102 RE: Perry v. Schwarzenegger Case No. 09-2292 VRW Dear Judge Spero: Because of his limited role in this case, the Attorney General did not participate in the negotiation of a protective order. While mindful of his limited role, the Attorney General is moved to respond to the proposed protective orders submitted by Defendant Intervenors (Proponents) and by the Plaintiffs. Both of these proposed orders would have this Court draw an illogical distinction between lawyers employed by private firms and lawyers employed directly by the government. This distinction leads to anomalous results. For example, the Governor (who is represented in this matter by private counsel) would have access to certain documents, but the Attorney General, Alameda County, Los Angeles County, and the City and County of San Francisco would not. Accordingly, the Attorney General asks the Court not to incorporate this distinction in the final order. Respectfully submitted, /s/ Tamar Pachter TAMAR PACHTER Deputy Attorney General For TP: SA2009310603 Document in ProLaw EDMUND G. BROWN JR. Attorney General

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