Facebook v. San Francisco County Superior Court

Amici Brief of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Real Parties in Interest (On Petition for Review).

Brief filed: 04/07/2016


Facebook v. San Francisco County Superior Court

Supreme Court of California; Case No. S230051

Prior Decision

Decision below 240 Cal.App.4th 203 (Cal.App. 1 Dist. Sept. 8, 2015).


The State Supreme Court can rule on the federal constitutionality of a federal statute as applied in a state court proceeding where the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule. Social media content does not rise to the level of privileged information protected until trial as defined by this Court’s ruling in People v. HammonHammonshould be overturned or limited to just the psychotherapist-patient privilege.

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Donald E. Landis, Jr., Monterey County Assistant Public Defender, Salinas, CA; John T. Philipsborn, Law Offices of John T. Phillipsborn, San Francisco, CA; David M. Porter, NACDL, Sacramento, CA.