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Wed May 26, 2010
Judge changes course and allows newspapers to publish controversial report
Cheyenne, Wy – A judge Tuesday dissolved a rare restraining order that had prohibited two newspapers from publishing stories about a college president's trip to Costa Rica. District Judge Peter Arnold of Cheyenne had ordered the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and The Cheyenne Herald, not to publish information about a Laramie County Community College internal report concerning president Darrel Hammon's 2008 trip. Hammon was a chaperone on the trip. Tribune Eagle Executive Editor Reed Eckhardt t said he's pleased Arnold dissolved the restraining order but he's disappointed the college went to such extremes to try to prevent publication. Eckhardt said the report, which was prepared by college employees, evaluates how Hammon and others responded when a female student showed the need for mental health treatment while in Costa Rica.
Eckhart said the report shows that Hammon didn't escort the female student back to the United States, instead other students were assigned to serve as the student's caretaker, including dispensing drugs to her.