BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Despite ruling against one of Attorney General Jeff Landry’s key arguments, a judge has ruled that he will not have to face civil penalties in a public records request lawsuit.
An Indiana woman sued Landry for failing to turn over documents she requested in a timely fashion. She requested more than 16,000 documents from Landry’s office and then sued when it took almost 200 days for his office to fill the request.
Landry argued that public records law only applies to Louisiana citizens because it’s protected by the state’s constitution. Judge William Morvant denied a motion to throw out the case on those grounds.
The Attorney General’s office will pay some legal fees, but Judge Morvant ruled that the records request in question was so large, no civil penalties will be enforced.