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Editorial: LSU must reveal president applicants

Last Modified: Friday, September 06, 2013 6:44 PM Here’s the latest scoreboard: Louisiana media representing the residents of the state 2, LSU 0.

The state’s two largest newspapers NOLA.com/Times-Picayune of New Orleans and The Advocate of Baton Rouge won another round against the flagship university when the state Supreme Court sided with them in their suit to discover who applied for the president’s position.

State District Court Judge Janice Clark agreed in April with the media outlets’ argument that under Louisiana law the list of applicants is public record. On Aug. 14, she found the university in contempt of court for not releasing the records and said the university must pay $500 per day or make the records public. Additional fines that she levied against LSU now total more than $50,000.

In what amounts to legal skullduggery, LSU has argued that 35 candidates had been considered as semifinalists, but F. King Alexander, who was ultimately chosen as president, was the only finalist and hence the only ‘‘applicant.’’

And to think that LSU is paying its attorney Jimmy Faircloth good money for that specious argument. But Faircloth will earn his keep as he vows that the university will appeal the Supreme Court ruling to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal. He said LSU will not turn over the records the media requested unless ordered to do so by the appellate court.

In the meantime, attorneys from both sides continue to spar. The Supreme Court’s ruling said, ‘‘Stay denied; writ denied. Insofar as relator is aggrieved by the August 14, 2013 judgment imposing sanctions for contempt, it has an adequate remedy by suspensive appeal.’’

The media’s attorney, Lori Mince, said LSU has no choice to turn over the records or continue to be held in contempt.

Faircloth said the issue of the fines for contempt will return to Clark, and that the university will appeal all the issues to the 1st Circuit.

Hence, this soap opera, winging under the public’s radar, continues.

We remain convinced, though, that there would be much more scrutiny if the particulars of this case involved the search for a new head football coach at LSU.

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.

Posted By: Donna Cohen On: 9/9/2013

Title: Forget the Secret HIring and Start Thinking ABout Firing

Appalling the secret documents still being held. But we've now surfaced more than enough evidence to rethink the hiring of F. King Alexander. A little bit of research on your own and you will know this whole thing of hiring him is a con. Review the evidence and you decide if you want this man in charge of your education system THug The Book

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