911 calls capture chaos at Florida nursing home

Megan O'Matz and Rafael Olmeda, Sun Sentinel on

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At least one of the calls was made while paramedics were already in the building, tending to another resident.

In the lawsuit, the newspapers argued that the recordings were public records and that the city could not withhold them under any exemption to the state open-records law.

As recently as Friday, the city still was blocking the release of the records, arguing in a court brief that they were part of an active criminal investigation into the deaths.

But the newspapers said that does not shield these particular records.

In court Monday, lawyers for the city argued that the city was justified in withholding the records until police had an opportunity to interview all potential witnesses.

"The integrity of the case" would have been jeopardized had the records been released sooner, said Hollywood Police Sgt. Lyle Bein, testifying before Broward Circuit Judge Michael Gates.

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