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http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46283 Justice Roberto IN CONNECTION with a federal civil rights action alleging defendant Village’s unfair prosecution of housing code violation against Hispanics, the attorney general sought to unseal certain records. Upon referral from the federal magistrate, the court analyzed whether Criminal Procedure Law �160.50 limited the attorney general’s power to unseal records to criminal actions. Distinguishing decisions relied upon by the Village in its claim that the attorney general lacked authority to unseal records in civil proceedings, the court ruled that the attorney general’s office held authority, as a law enforcement agency under CPL �160.55, to unseal records for use in the federal civil rights action. It also noted that the attorney general’s federal action was intended to represent the interests of persons whose records were to be unsealed and that the Village was the party “which may be liable for actions it allegedly took against some of those very individuals.”

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