BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawyers say St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan has agreed to give nearly 80,000 emails to the state legislative auditor by Friday morning, and to have a judge decide whether another 2,000 should be turned over.
State attorney Jenifer Schaye and Billy Gibbens, representing the coroner, told state District Judge William Morvant about the agreement Monday. The agreement averted a contempt hearing scheduled in Baton Rouge.
Schaye represents Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, who is investigating reports about lavish spending and inflated salaries. Purpera went to court when Galvan refused to comply with a legislative subpoena for emails from Galvan and five top staffers.
Gibbens told the judge some of the 2,000 emails he will see are protected by attorney-client privilege and others by the health privacy law.
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