Maine Judge Orders Park to Release Documents

April 8, 2011

A former Acadia National Park restaurant employee has won his lawsuit seeking park documents about a 2008 confrontation between park 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. The National 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 – who had gathered on the mountain top for an annual tradition.

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