Court won't reconsider ruling on Ala meeting law

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to reconsider a ruling that some say could make it easier for government organizations to meet behind closed doors.

The justices issued a ruling Friday saying they won't revisit the case of Clay Slagle, who sued after he wasn't given the job of Montgomery County's school superintendent in 2009.

Slagle claimed school board members held illegal, private meetings before refusing to hire him.

But the Supreme Court last year sided with the board, which claimed it was legal for members to meet privately in back-to-back sessions that weren't public. The justices are refusing to review that order.

Media advocates say the case sets a bad precedent for open meetings, but a school board official calls those concerns overblown.



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