LOS ANGELES – Attorneys for the property of the late husband of former Los Angeles County District Legal professional Jackie Lacey are combating an try by a Black Lives Matter demonstrator to dam their makes an attempt to acquire info on her Cal State Los Angeles educating curriculum.
In court docket papers filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court docket, legal professionals for the property of David Lacey keep that the movement by Melina Abdullah’s attorneys to quash the subpoena for info on privateness grounds is each “procedurally faulty and substantively with out benefit.”
Abdullah is a co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter and a professor of Pan-African Research at CSULA, the place she teaches programs, amongst different issues, on energy relations in Black communities and frightening change by aggressive behaviors, based on the David Lacey property attorneys’ court docket papers.
For a number of years, protesters, together with BLM members, gathered generally within the a whole lot exterior the Corridor of Justice, the place Lacey’s workplace was situated, each Wednesday to protest what they believed was an inadequate variety of legal instances introduced towards law enforcement officials who killed civilians. They got here with indicators, noise-amplifiers, and drums and chanted slogans corresponding to, “Bye, Jackie” and “Jackie Lacey Should Go.”
The swimsuit filed in October 2020 stems from a confrontation that occurred when BLM members Abdullah, Dahlia Ferlito, and Justin Marks confirmed up on the couple’s Granada Hills residence the morning of March 2, 2020, and had been confronted at gunpoint on the door by David Lacey, who died Sept. 5.
The three plaintiffs allege they suffered emotional misery from the incident.
On Oct. 19, the David Lacey property legal professionals served a deposition subpoena for the manufacturing of enterprise information on CSULA looking for Abdullah’s educating curriculum for “matters associated to protesting and frightening change by varied actions and behaviors,” their court docket papers state.
The date of manufacturing in response to the subpoena was Nov. 14, however Abdullah’s attorneys as a substitute filed a movement to quash the subpoena that day, based on the court docket papers of the attorneys for the property of David Lacey.
“(Abdullah’s) movement is substantively meritless as a result of Mr. Lacey is just not looking for (her) employment information nor any information topic to privateness or privilege considerations,” the David Lacey property attorneys argue of their court docket papers. “Quite, the subpoena seeks plaintiff Melina Abdullah’s educating curriculum … as taught inside her Pan-African research programs at CSULA.”
With out first establishing a privateness curiosity in a school professor’s educating curriculum — which the David Lacey property attorneys keep of their court docket papers is extensively disseminated and out there amongst Abdullah’s college students and CSULA college students at massive — Abdullah has no foundation to file the movement to quash, those self same legal professionals assert.
A listening to on Abdullah’s movement to quash the subpoena is scheduled for Jan. 19 earlier than Decide Theresa M. Traber.