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Disciplinary records destroyed

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in Louisiana declined to issue sanctions against a sheriff whose office routinely destroys deputies’ negative disciplinary records after three years, and positive ones after 10 years, even though the parents of a 16-year-old autistic boy who died in custody say such records would have been relevant for their excessive force suit against the sheriff’s office. The failure to maintain records might be negligent, but does not constitute the intentional destruction of litigation evidence.

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