Judge Will Rule on Defense's Request for School Records of Victims in Case Against Former Murrieta Mayor Long

A Riverside Superior Court judge will decide whether the defense team for former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long will have access to school documen...

A Riverside Superior Court judge will decide whether the defense team for former Murrieta Mayor Alan Long will have access to school documents regarding the four teenage girls injured in an Oct. 16, 2014 accident in which Long is charged with felony DUI.

Long was not in the courtroom at Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta on Friday when judge Mark Mandio, handling preliminary proceedings, set an Aug. 20 date for the discovery hearing in Judge Judith Clark's courtroom. Mando also set Sept. 11 as the preliminary hearing in this case.

In the discovery hearing, Clark will rule on prosecutor Chris Bouffard's motion to block a subpoena by Long's defense attorney of school records that would show background on the four girls, who are students at Murrieta Valley High School. The families of the girls have filed a civil lawsuit against Long, alleging negligence. Defense attorney Donald Bartell cited case law in requesting the records; Bouffard argued that privacy issues should be considered in denying the requests for records of the girls, who are minors.

Long was mayor of Murrieta when a truck he was driving rear-ended a vehicle with the four girls as they waited to make a left turn off Jefferson Avenue a few blocks from the high school, according to a police report. A field sobriety was administered on site and it was determined that Long was impaired by alcohol.

Four days after his arrest, Long resigned as mayor of Murrieta (photo above left). However, he ran for re-election to the city council and won his seat back on Nov. 4.



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