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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

State Judge Refuses to Order Release of 911 Tapes

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports today that a Louisiana trial court judge has refused to order release of the 911 tapes made when Secretary of State Fox McKeithen fell at his home February 17. Judge Janice Clark indicated that because the tapes dealt with Secretary McKeithen's private health information she was disinclined to make them public. She cited McKeithen's privacy rights (including Section 5 of the Louisiana Constitution) in support of her decision. She gave the media five days to appeal her ruling.

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