According to the Ouachita Citizen’s Zach Parker, an ad hoc judge has been appointed to hear the case of that newspaper’s efforts to obtain public records.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has appointed a retired judge from New Iberia to decide whether the Fourth Judicial District Court has any legal grounds to bar access to court records sought by The Ouachita Citizen.
No hearing date has been scheduled.
Thus far, the district court has refused to release documents requested in five public records requests submitted by The Ouachita Citizen since February. The records concern Allyson Campbell, a district court law clerk, who was accused in a civil proceeding of withholding and destroying documents filed with the court. The newspaper also has sought records related to the district court’s internal investigation of payroll irregularities.
Campbell clerks for Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Wilson Rambo.
See here the complete article. At the link many court documents are available for viewing.
Two weeks ago, the newspaper filed a criminal complaint against the court. In retaliation, the court civilly sued the newspaper.