Thursday, March 24, 2005

There Will Always Be A Key West

The Key West News is reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta "has declared unconstitutional a Florida law prohibiting disclosure of information from an active internal police investigation... ." The court is returning the lawsuit against the town of Key West to the federal trial court for further proceedings.

The civil rights lawsuit initially was filed against former city police chief Gordon "Buz" Dillon, after he arrested Dennis Reeves Cooper. Cooper was publisher of "Key West The Newspaper." In June, 2001, Cooper published an article "disclosing that state authorities had ordered an internal police investigation based on [newspaper publisher] Cooper's complaint that a city police investigator had improperly conducted a separate investigation."

"Key West The Newspaper" no longer appears to have a working web site. But Cryptome has archived three of the newspaper's articles which were critical of local law enforcement.

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