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911 Transcripts Ordered Released

| November 14, 2013

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The Maine supreme court has ordered law enforcement officials to release transcripts of 911 calls from last year’s fatal shootings of two teenagers in Biddeford.
The court unanimously overturned a judge’s decision to ban release of the transcripts from three calls in the case of a 75-year-old man charged in killing two teens and injuring the mother of one of the victims.

Under Maine law, 911 transcripts are to be made available under the Freedom of Access law. But there can be exceptions for “intelligence and investigative records.” The supreme court ruled Thursday that law enforcement officials failed to show how release of these transcripts could hurt the investigation.

The Portland Press Herald sued for release of the documents. Several organizations including The Associated Press filed a legal brief supporting the newspaper.

 

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