Lafayette

Oct 1, 2013 9:32 AM by AP/CS

Appeals court overturn decision to shutter website

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - An appeals court has ruled a federal district court went too far last year when it shut down an entire website critical of the Lafayette Police Department and its chief, and sent the case back to U.S. District Court in Lafayette.

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled U.S. Magistrate Judge Pat Hanna could have been more selective in excising content on the website that might have biased potential jurors in an upcoming civil trial.

The Advocate reports the appeals judges released their opinion late Monday about the fight in Lafayette over www.realcopsvcraft.com, which was published by disgruntled Lafayette police officers who also filed a federal lawsuit claiming a host of affronts, including rampant racism.

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