Set for 2:30 p.m. in Sinton

Nicole D. Perez, Alice Echo-News Journal

Alice Echo-News Journal reporter Christopher Maher and eight other defendants were scheduled to be in court today regarding Coastal Bend College's demand to have files returned.

The files, burned on two DVDs, were obtained by Maher after filing a Freedom of Information request with the 79th District Clerk's office.

The files were placed in safe keeping with the court after a former employee made allegations he was ordered to destroy the files by CBC Director of Personnel Kathlyn Patton.

Patton has denied those allegations.

The hearing was set for 2:30 p.m. today in Sinton.

Maher is represented by Alice attorney Mike Appell, who has said the DVDs were legally obtained.