A Truce In The Janice Clark-LSU Fight

It turns out nobody on the LSU Board of Supervisors is going to jail, and they’re not going to be denied their appeal – and they don’t have to play cat-and-mouse with the sheriff’s deputies anymore. They’re also not going to be able to completely stonewall the court on producing the list of candidates for the presidential job F. King Alexander ultimately got, either.

After four months in contempt of court, LSU’s Board of Supervisors has agreed to turn over records of its secret presidential search to a state judge who earlier this year declared the information public and ordered it released to The Advocate, attorneys for the newspaper and the school told the judge Monday.

LSU Board of Supervisors attorney Jimmy Faircloth and Lori Mince, who represents The Advocate and The Times-Picayune, said LSU will file the documents under seal with District Judge Janice Clark as part of a joint agreement and stipulation signed by the parties Monday afternoon.

But it could be months before the contents are made public, depending on how higher courts rule, the attorneys noted.

The Advocate’s attorney gets to look at the records, but can’t tell the paper what names are in them. And the $500-a-day fines Clark hit LSU with finally come to an end.

And Clark will finally allow a hearing on things like attorneys’ fees in the case so that she can make her ruling final – and LSU can appeal it.

This is a decent compromise. One wonders why on earth it wasn’t made months ago.

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