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Mar 4, 2012 3:21 PM by Sharlee Barriere

Supreme Court Says Storm Death Files Can Be Secret

The Louisiana Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by two news organizations to examine the files of a state investigation into allegations that doctors at a New Orleans hospital euthanized patients in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In a 4-3 decision issued Friday, the high court said the files concerning Memorial Medical Center could be kept secret.
The Times-Picayune and CNN have been in court for nearly five years seeking records of former Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti's investigation into the death of 34 patients in the days after the August 2005 storm.
Foti's investigation collapsed in 2007 when an Orleans Parish grand jury declined to charge physician Anna Pou after Foti arrested her in the deaths of four patients.




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