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Chief justice says ruling guts access to police records


The Alabama Supreme court ruled on Friday that the records about a fatal shooting by a Baldwin County deputy do not have to be turned over.

The ruling upheld a lower court that sided with the sheriff's office and broadly interpreted an exemption for investigative records.

Chief justice Tom Parker wrote a strongly worded dissent following the ruling. He said the ruling "spells the end of public access to law enforcement records" that might be connected to an investigation.