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LSU shielding records about cuts from public view

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Another agency led by appointees and allies of Gov. Bobby Jindal has refused to turn over documents in response to a public records request, arguing that the records can be kept hidden.

The LSU System has refused to give The Advocate documents involving recent cuts to the university-run hospital system by the Jindal administration.

A lawyer for LSU claimed a "deliberative process" privilege to keep those records secret, a stance that the internal decision-making is protected from public view to allow the free flow of ideas.

That's the same legal privilege other agencies led by Jindal officials and allies have claimed to shield documents about controversial topics.

Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin says the governor's office hasn't advised LSU or other agencies to invoke "deliberative process" to keep documents hidden.

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