5th Circ. Reverses Ban On Miffed Officers' Website

Law360, New York (October 1, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT) -- 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...
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