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Judge threatens imprisonment, suspension of LSU board of supervisors in presidential records case

From The Times-Picayune: A district judge in Baton Rouge ordered the LSU Board of Supervisors on Monday to turn over records related to the university’s presidential search, or face consequences that could include stopping all further court proceedings, suspending the board of supervisors, or imprisonment.

Saying “the court is very loathe to take these measures,” Judge Janice Clark told LSU’s lawyer that she “strongly urges and encourages your clients to comply” with her orders and turn over the records immediately.

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Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana wins national award for Sunshine Headquarters

The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR), the NFOIC  member organization that co-hosted the 2013 FOI Summit in New Orleans, has won a national award for its new "Sunshine Headquarters" Web portal from the Governmental Research Association (GRA).

GRA is a national organization of individuals and groups who study and make recommendations on state and local policy issues. The award was presented during the annual GRA conference held last week in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

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Appellate panel rules in favor of The Advocate in public records suit

From The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA:  A panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge provided no safe haven Friday for the LSU system’s efforts to keep secret records of its search for a new president. That search ended in March with the selection of F. King Alexander, former president of California State University in Long Beach, Calif.

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Records in LSU presidential search not released

From SeattlePi.com:  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Louisiana news organizations are asking a judge to punish LSU’s Board of Supervisors for not releasing documents related the university’s presidential search.

Lori Mince is an attorney representing The Times-Picayune/NOLA Media Group and The Advocate newspaper. She filed a motion Friday asking Judge Janice Clark to find the supervisors in contempt of court.

 

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