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Judge orders Billings pay newspaper, station in records case

December 21, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Montana city to pay a newspaper and TV station attorneys’ fees and court costs related to a lawsuit.

The Billings Gazette and KTVQ sued the city of Billings to obtain the names of three police officers disciplined for having sex with a clerk while on duty or on city property.

Yellowstone County District Court Judge Donald Harris ruled Thursday the city knowingly assisted and participated as the officers tried to thwart the public’s right to know.

The Billings Gazette reports the city’s police chief and attorney agreed in April to release the names but didn’t object when the officers, Paul LaMantia, Matthew Edwards and Clint Anglin, sought to bar the release.

City Manager Chris Kukulski said he hadn’t seen the ruling and declined to comment.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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