5th Circ. Reverses Ban On Miffed Officers' Website
By Andrew Scurria
Law360, New York (October 1, 2013, 3:13 PM ET) -- The Fifth Circuit on Monday allowed a group of Lafayette, La., police officers to maintain a website critical of their superiors in advance of a trial on retaliation and civil rights claims, saying that clandestine recordings of interdepartmental conversations posted there were not unethically obtained.
A unanimous appeals panel ruled that a Louisiana federal court overstepped when it ordered a website publicly airing the officers’ grievances taken down over its potential prejudice to the prospective jury pool.
Although the lower court held that the officers’ First...