Judge issues order restraining release of cell phone records

Dewayne White
Dewayne White

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Judge Chip Moore issued an order Thursday morning saying that no one is to release any information relating to the content of a Zachary woman's cell phone records.

City leaders said former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White never returned a $500 cell phone after being fired. Police were asked to find the phone. BRPD got a warrant last week and searched a Zachary woman's home after pulling records from the city-issued phone.

The judge's order comes after reports that the city would be releasing the content of her cell phone in pursuit to the media's public records requests. In response, former BRPD chief Dewayne White's attorney took the issue before Judge Moore, at which time, the judge issued his order.

A judge will continue hearing arguments Thursday afternoon on the investigation into the cell phone records involving former Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White.

Attorney Jill Craft said whatever evidence police found during their search for the phone should be thrown out. She claims city attorneys shopped around until they could find a judge to sign the warrant. Click here to see the warrant.

The warrant indicates the Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating a theft of a city-parish cell phone that was issued to a Baton Rouge police officer. The document never names the officer, but it states the officer said he was never issued a phone.

The warrant also indicates investigators pulled records on the phone and found the majority of calls and text messages were made to a woman who lives in Zachary. The document allowed police to search her home.

Attorneys for the city had no comment for reporters as they left the courtroom Wednesday.

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