Judge says Keitz can block release of Rowley Report

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Document reportedly critical of how DA’s office was run

District Attorney Michael Keitz has won a five-month battle to prevent the public from seeing a document that his attorney said would cause him “irreparable harm” but would perhaps explain why the county agreed to $1.4 million in out-of-court settlements in lawsuits brought against him by former employees of the DA’s Office.

Superior Court Judge James E. Oakley has issued a permanent injunction enjoining Madera County from releasing the Rowley Report to the public unless it has Keitz’ consent.

Oakley ruled that the Rowley Report is a “privileged and confidential attorney-client communication and work product” and that both the county and Keitz hold the privilege.

The Rowley Report was composed by attorney Daniel W. Rowley in 2010 after he conducted an investigation of the district attorney’s office because of employee complaints against Keitz, alleging that actions by Keitz resulted in a hostile work environment...

 

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