Hearing scheduled for July 21st on motion to unseal the court files filed by News 8.
SAN DIEGO – San Diego District Attorney Mara Elliott is the government agency for injunctions (GVROs) in San Diego County and throughout California.
In fact, over the past year, 37% of all GVROs in the state were issued in San Diego County, most with assistance from Elliott’s office.
“We want legitimacy in this program. We want people to trust and believe in it, ”Elliott said during a press conference at SDPD headquarters on Tuesday.
Flanked by Attorney General Rob Bonta and San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, Elliott explained how her office works with law enforcement and the courts to issue injunctions against gun violence.
“We trained all the judges and they were 100 percent involved,” said Elliott.
“We have to have evidence and we have to convince a judge that there is a reason to issue an injunction against gun violence,” said Elliott.
Two months ago, police officers Larry Millete, husband of missing mother Maya Millete, served as GVRO.
When officials confiscated Larry Millete’s entire gun collection on May 7, the case immediately became one of the most prominent injunctions in the county.
Even so, court files and photos detailing why Millete’s guns were stolen remain sealed or blackened at the request of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.
Lawyer Matthew Halgren is representing News 8 on a newly filed court motion demanding publication of the entire restraining order against Larry Millete.
“When the public is interested in a case, it is important that they have every opportunity to learn about it so that they can understand how our justice system works,” Halgren said.
The judge’s original sealing order was supposed to be temporary as it was signed before Millete was served the restraining order.
“His weapons have since been confiscated and he knows the process very well. There’s no reason to keep them under wraps, ”Halgren said.
The San Diego District Attorney’s Office is against making the records public. His objection has also been submitted to the court under seal.
A prosecutor’s spokesman did not respond to a News 8 request for comment on the report.
Larry Millete’s lawyer, Bonita Martinez, also refuses to publish the files. Martinez didn’t respond to a message from News 8 for a comment.
A trial on News 8’s motion to unseal the files is now scheduled for Wednesday, July 21st at 2:30 p.m. in Division 69 of the Downtown San Diego Justice Building.
The San Diego Police Department is the agency that filed the civilian GVRO against Millete.
The Chula Vista Police Department – which is investigating Maya Millete’s disappearance as a missing person on Jan. 7 – is not a party to the GVRO case against the husband.
Meanwhile, the search for Maya Millete continues this weekend. Volunteers meet at 7am on Saturdays and Sundays in the South Bay Rod and Gun Club area on eastern Otay Mountain.
The meeting point address is 1020 Marron Valley Road, Dulzura, CA.
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