LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times is fighting a federal judge’s order to remove information from an article involving a court document meant to be kept from the public eye.
The newspaper reports that it filed an emergency motion Sunday to put Judge John Walter’s order on hold.
On Monday, Walter ordered prosecutors to file its position on the newspaper’s arguments by day’s end.
The plea agreement the Times wrote about involved a Glendale police officer who pleaded guilty to bribery, obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators about whether he has connections with the Mexican Mafia and Armenian organized crime.
The agreement was supposed to be filed under seal.
Norman Pearlstine, executive editor of the newspaper, says Walter’s order that the Times change the article “clearly violates the First Amendment.”
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