Hearing over Birmingham airport documents continues

Hearing over Birmingham airport documents continues

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The Birmingham Airport Authority has released around 7,000 pages of documents about a sign that fell at the airport, killing a 10-year-old boy. The Birmingham Airport Authority has released around 7,000 pages of documents about a sign that fell at the airport, killing a 10-year-old boy.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The legal battle over what are public documents and what's not continued in a Jefferson County courtroom Wednesday.

An investigation continues over what happened when an information display fell on a ten-year-old Kansas boy. Luke Bresette died later that day from his injuries.

The Alabama Media Group sued the Birmingham Airport Authority for release of documents involving the installation of the sign. To date about 7,000 pages of information have been released.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Joseph Boohaker continued a hearing today involving his temporary restraining order. Attorneys for the media group said they would like to see correspondence between BAA and the authority's contractors, Brasfield and Gorrie, AG Gaston, KPS and others.

Attorneys for BAA said the demand is unreasonable and would create a costly burden for the authority.

"The Alabama Supreme Court issued a ruling involving forensic sciences. You can't over burden public facilities and cause it down it's operation," Jim Goyer, attorney for the BAA said.

"The public has a right to know about public business whether the Birmingham Airport Authority admits it or not, that is why the open records act is there. That is why we are pursuing public documents to determine why the sign fell down," Banks Sewell, attorney for Ala. Media Group, said.

Goyer called the dispute a landmark case and may appeal a decision to release the emails to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Judge Boohaker is expected to issue a ruling Friday if all of the documents have been turned over as required by the open meetings law.

Also in court, attorneys for the media group announced that lawyers for the BAA said there was no video of the tragedy. The attorneys would not continue to press for video unless they find evidence to the contrary.

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