Wednesday, April 4, 2007 | Paul Cooper is wrong in his attempted defense of the San Diego Police Department and Chief Lansdowne on a very critical point: He says “second,” the SDPD was not aware of additional information “beyond the affidavit” the city attorney may have provided to Judge Clarke in support of the warrant.
That is very misleading. The warrant rises or falls on what is in the written affidavit. “Additional information” is not allowed. A well-respected Superior Court judge found the affidavit sufficient.
While I agree warrants should not be served without appropriate review, the court’s decision deserved respect. The public should not be misled by the chief’s assistant.