Appeals court drops damages in ‘Billy the Kid’ records suit

Billy the Kid
Billy the Kid

SANTA FE (AP) – A former New Mexico sheriff and one of his deputies will not have to pay $100,000 to an author over documents from an investigation into legendary outlaw Billy the Kid.

Writer Gale Cooper in 2014 was awarded $100,000 and the records she sought relating to the outlaw’s 1881 death.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state Court of Appeals has now denied Cooper’s appeal that claimed she was owed up to $100 per day she was denied the documents. Citing the same state Supreme Court ruling, the appellate judge also revoked the damages.

Cooper and a weekly newspaper sued the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in 2007 for access to documents related to the investigation, which a sheriff and two deputies had launched more than a decade ago. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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