Judge orders St. Louis police to pay legal fees

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ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Police Department has been ordered to pay the American Civil Liberties Union’s $100,000 legal tab for its effort seeking access to disciplinary records related to a scandal involving World Series tickets.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Circuit Judge Robert Dierker’s ruling on Wednesday has been appealed. Dierker ruled that a trial court judge had ordered the department to turn over the records in 2010, citing Missouri’s Sunshine Law.

At issue are disciplinary records of officers who used Cardinals tickets seized from scalpers during the 2006 World Series.

Dierker said in his order that the police department “compounded its knowing violation of the Sunshine Law.”