BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - District Judge Janice Clark has ordered the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office to seize records from the LSU Board of Supervisors relating to the search for a system president. When deputies from the sheriff's office arrived at LSU, they were told the records were not there.
LSU said F. King Alexander was the only official applicant for the job. LSU refused to release the records, prompting a lawsuit from The Advocate.
Judge Janice Clark ordered LSU to turn over the records last April. In August, Clark ruled that LSU was in contempt of court and has fined the school $500 each day since then for failing to comply.
"Since that time LSU has said they will not comply with that order," says Lori Mince, attorney for The Advocate. "I think out of frustration the judge decided that the $500 a day contempt penalty wasn't doing the trick so she has appointed the East Baton Rouge Sheriff to take whatever measures are necessary to obtain those records from whomever possesses them."
Jimmy Faircloth, the attorney for LSU, says the order clearly states that everyone will be back in court but he stopped short of commenting on its consequences.
Tuesday morning Judge Clark issued an order telling the Sheriff to use any "act, writ, or warrant" necessary to seize the records. She also instructed them to go to any state necessary to get them. Judge Clark's order also includes arresting anyone interfering with obtaining the records.
Mince says they just want the records. "All along what we wanted were the records. We don't want LSU to be fined; we don't want anyone to go to jail, all we want is the records."
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies were back in court late Tuesday to report that they had delivered the subpoena to LSU but were told the records she wants are in Dallas at the search firm that was hired to find a new president.