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LADOJ Issues Statement After Court Decides How to Proceed with Public Records Request

BATON ROUGE, LA – Today, Judge Timothy Kelley of the 19th Judicial District Court heard and ruled on a significant legal question about the right to privacy and the confidentiality of employees who make workplace complaints.

Angelique Freel, Civil Director of the Louisiana Department of Justice, issued the following statement after today's decision in Landry vs. Gallo:

"We thank Judge Kelly for his attentiveness and thoroughness in remedying the situation. We appreciate his decision which protects the rights of the complainant, witnesses, and other employees who expect to report in confidence and without fear of retaliation.

As Judge Kelly declared our office ‘followed the letter of the law…sought guidance from the Court and did everything a public official must do;’ we were ‘not arbitrary or capricious in any way’; we were ‘diligent’ in handling the matter.

We are grateful the Court has answered our petition and offered clarity in this sensitive and important matter.”