United States of America v. City of Albuquerque
MEMORANDUM in Support re 309 Joint MOTION to Clarify filed by United States of America. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order) (Saucedo, Luis) Modified document type on 11/28/2017 (am).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
No. 1:14-cv-1025 RB/SMV
THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE,
THE ALBUQUERQUE POLICE
[PROPOSED] ORDER CLARIFYING THE SCOPE AND PURPOSE OF
PARAGRAPH 315 OF THE COURT-APPROVED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
Having considered the Joint Motion for Clarification submitted by the Parties and
approved by the Independent Monitor, the Court provides the following clarification of the scope
and purpose of Paragraph 315 of the Court-Approved Settlement Agreement (“CASA”).
Paragraph 315 of the CASA provides as follows:
The Monitor is not a state or local agency or an agent thereof, and accordingly, the
records maintained by the Monitor or communications between the Monitor and the
Parties shall not be deemed public records subject to public inspection.
(Doc. 247-1, ¶ 315.) Paragraph 315 requires the Parties and Monitor to protect “communications
between the Monitor and the Parties” from disclosure. This provision aids the Court’s
jurisdiction over this matter and supports the compliance process by protecting the Parties’ and
Monitor’s ability to: engage in a free exchange of proposals, positions, and information; quickly
identify and address problems in the compliance process; and resolve misunderstandings on their
own rather than involving the Court. Furthermore, it is necessary to protect the Monitor’s draft
reports from disclosure to the public to ensure that each report has one authoritative, public
version that the Parties have vetted for possible errors or omissions.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
ROBERT C. BRACK
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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