Information about the candidates LSU considered for university president will be provided to a state district judge, but not to the public or the newspapers who are suing for the information, under a new compromise between the attorneys in the case.
The information will be kept secret until LSU finishes its appeals process, which could take months.
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune and The Advocate are suing LSU for the information, saying Louisiana law requires the records to be made public.
Judge Janice Clark, 19th Judicial District Court, agreed in an April ruling that the information about the wider candidate pool is public record, but LSU has opted not to release it and instead pay $500 per day in contempt fees. The total is now more than $60,000.
LSU's lawyer, Jimmy Faircloth, says if the information is released now, the media outlets will get the records they want and any appeals process would be mooted.
Clark, frustrated by LSU's evasion of her order, has threatened to imprison people involved in the case or suspend the board of supervisors. Last week, she ordered the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office to go get the records. Deputies came up empty-handed after LSU officials told them the records weren't there, and were instead with a search firm in Dallas.