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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Judge halts release of road builder's records

A Franklin County Circuit judge in Kentucky halted the release of statements that Leonard Lawson, a prominent road builder, made to investigators in a 1983 antitrust case, the AP reported. Lawson is now facing unrelated federal charges of conspiring to steer $130 million in state road contracts to his companies. The Courier-Journal of Louisville, the Lexington Herald-Leader and The AP asked for the 1983 statements, but Lawson asked for the records to be kept from the public so that they wouldn't hurt his chances of getting a fair trial.
A judge issued a temporary injunction Wednesday to halt the release of statements a prominent Kentucky road builder made to investigators years ago.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas D. Wingate cited the privacy interests of the road builder, Leonard Lawson of Lexington, in his ruling. Wingate said if the statements were made public, Lawson could face irreparable harm.

Not releasing them would preserve the status quo, Wingate said in a 16-page ruling.
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