Judge denies Randy Travis’ request to keep DUI footage private

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by country singer Randy Travis to stop the state of Texas from releasing footage of him naked and ranting during a 2012 DUI arrest.

The ruling on a request for a preliminary injunction issued Thursday paves the way for the Texas Department of Public Safety to release the footage on Friday, which was requested through open records requests.

Travis’ family has been in a long legal battle to stop the release of the footage that went all the way to the state Supreme Court, which denied his petition. Travis filed a federal lawsuit in September in Texas arguing that that the footage should be considered private under health record privacy regulations. But the judge said he did not show a substantial likelihood of success on the claims. Read more…

Marty Cirkiel, Travis’ attorney based in Round Rock, Texas, said Thursday afternoon he is filing a motion to the judge to have his ordered stayed, and then will appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.