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Sep 10, 2013 3:19 PM by AP

Judge orders sheriff to seize LSU search records

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state district judge has ordered the East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff to seize information about candidates reviewed by the LSU Board of Supervisors in its presidential search.

Judge Janice Clark required Tuesday that the sheriff's office seek the documents from the university board or from any other entity that might have the information, like the out-of-state search firm hired by the board.

Clark ordered the Board of Supervisors four months ago to make public the records of its secretive presidential search, in response to a lawsuit by The Advocate and The Times-Picayune newspapers.

The board hasn't turned over the list of semifinalists and finalists considered in the presidential search, however, seeking to appeal the ruling. Its $500 per day fine for noncompliance is nearing $60,000 and counting.

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