Douglas v. Cooley is a lawsuit against the L.A. District Attorney and Sheriff's Department seeking to halt unlawful policies that suppress exculpatory evidence in criminal trials.

Case Developments

September 27, 2012
As a result of the ACLU lawsuit, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department implemented a new system of reporting and tracking complaints against deputies by employee number and name. The ACLU subsequently dropped this part of the lawsuit against the LASD.  Learn more about the victory.

July 10, 2012
The ACLU filed suit against D.A. Steve Cooley, L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca, and the L.A.S.D. Read the complaint.

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Charles Ogletree; Michael J. Brennan; Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks & Lincenberg, PC

Date filed

July 9, 2012


Los Angeles County Superior Court