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NOLA.com: LSU must make public names of candidates for university presidency, judge rules

From NOLA.com (4/25/13): LSU must "immediately produce" the names of the people its board of supervisors considered for the university presidency, an East Baton Rouge Parish judge ruled Thursday. Judge Janice Clark issued the ruling less than three hours after the conclusion of oral arguments in the case, which was brought by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and the Advocate against the university.

Jimmy Faircloth, who represents LSU in the case, said he had read the decision but would need to consult with the board of supervisors before determining LSU's next step.

LSU's argument in the case largely revolved around a simple question: What does the word "applicant" mean? Faircloth maintained that there was but a single applicant for the post: F. King Alexander, whom the board of supervisors voted to appoint March 27.

Lori Mince, who represents the two news organizations, argued that LSU's position, if allowed to stand, would make a mockery of public-records laws.

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Colin Donohue,
5/6/2013 8:20 AM