Judge lifts order for Los Angeles Times to change story
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. judge has lifted an order that required the Los Angeles Times to remove information from an article about a court document that was meant to be kept from the public.
The Times reports that Judge John Walter reversed the order Tuesday, saying he was initially unsure whether the newspaper had legally gained access to a sealed plea agreement.
He says an investigation found that the newspaper accessed the document because it was inadvertently posted in an online database.
In the agreement the Times wrote about Saturday, a Glendale police officer pleaded guilty to charges he worked with the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime.
The newspaper complied with Walter’s order to change the story but filed an emergency motion for it to be lifted. The Associated Press and other media outlets filed a court brief supporting the Times.