Federal judge orders national park to release documents

Thursday, April 7, 2011

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A former Acadia National Park restaurant employee has won his lawsuit seeking documents about a 2008 confrontation between rangers and a group of young people atop the park’s Day Mountain that left him with serious facial injuries.

The Bangor Daily News says federal Judge John Woodcock has ordered the documents released to Timothy Wild through his Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Woodcock issued his ruling Jan. 31 but sealed it 60 days to give the National Park Service time to appeal, which it declined to do, the newspaper said. The park service also has agreed to pay Wild’s $24,000 legal bill pertaining to the lawsuit. The park service previously paid $45,000 to settle Wild’s separate lawsuit claiming rangers violated his rights.

Wild was injured when rangers detained a group of about 40 people — many of them employees at the Jordan Pond House restaurant — who had gathered on the mountain top for an annual tradition.

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