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Appeals court reverses decision involving sheriff’s records

December 27, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A human rights law firm has won access to documents reflecting a Louisiana sheriff’s office participation in the response to 2016 protests against a North Dakota crude oil pipeline.

A federal appeals court Thursday reversed an earlier decision by the 29th Judicial District Court of St. Charles Parish that ruled against the Center for Constitutional Rights’ public records request regarding St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne’s trip and that of any employees who traveled to North Dakota in connection with the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The center’s attorney, Pamela Spees, says she’s glad the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with them that the records should be turned over.

It’s unknown if Champagne will file an appeal with the Louisiana Supreme Court. A spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

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