The husband, mother and sister of Amber Clark filed this lawsuit in an effort to prompt disclosure of information currently being withheld about Amber’s murder, including information about the firearm and ammunition used, as well as how the shooter acquired them. Amber Clark worked as a librarian at the North Natomas Branch of the Sacramento Public Library. On December 11, 2018, she was shot 11 times at point-blank range in the face and head as she sat in her car outside the library where she worked. The following day, Ronald Seay was arrested by the Sacramento Police Department and charged with first-degree murder. As alleged in the lawsuit filed today, Seay had a long history of mental health issues, threatening behavior at public libraries, and encounters with law enforcement in both California and Missouri, where he previously lived. Notwithstanding this, Seay was able to acquire the firearm that he used to murder Amber. Amber’s husband, mother and sister sought information from Sacramento authorities about how Seay obtained the firearm and about previous statements he made. Their requests were denied. They are represented by Everytown Law and the law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
On July 22, 2021, the Superior Court denied the petition for a writ. On September 1, 2021, Amber Clark’s family filed a petition for a writ with the Court of Appeal. On October 1, 2021, the Court of Appeal denied the petition. Amber Clark’s family sought review of that decision with the Supreme Court of California. On December 15, 2021, the Supreme Court of California denied the petition.