LSU to appeal public records ruling

From The Advocate (Baton Rouge):  LSU’s Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to appeal 19th Judicial District Judge Janice Clark’s ruling that the university illegally denied The Advocate and other news outlets the names and other information related to LSU’s search for a new president.

LSU general counsel Shelby McKenzie told the board the university followed all applicable public records laws and would be willing to take its case to the Louisiana State Supreme Court, if necessary.

Clark, of Baton Rouge, issued a one-paragraph ruling April 25, saying the documents requested by The Advocate and the Times-Picayune should have been surrendered by LSU.

“The Court … declares that the requested records herein sued upon are indeed public records in accordance with the Louisiana Public Records Act,” the minute entry says.