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Monday, December 26, 2005

Louisiana Appellate Court Rejects Media Request for 911 Tapes

A Louisiana state appellate court has upheld a trial court ruling rejecting media requests for access to the 911 tapes that documented repeated calls for assistance to the home of the late Secretary of State Fox McKeithen. McKeithen fell at his home February 17.  He died earlier this year. Two of the judges agreed with the trial judge that the tapes were confidential and McKeithen had the right to expect that they would be kept private. The third judge disagreed, saying that the calls were not made by McKeithen himself or by his representatives, and the statute was not applicable. The media making the requests for access have not decided if they will appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Read more here. Read an earlier post on the lawsuit here.

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