Court Stops Order to Search Tennessee Officials' Home Computers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has put a hold on a Nashville judge's ruling that would allow state officials' private computers to be inspected for TennCare files.

U.S. District Judge William Haynes in Nashville had granted the request by TennCare advocates to search state computers and the home computers of 50 state officials -- including Gov. Phil Bredesen's.

The court in Ohio ruled Friday that the order runs the risk of disrupting state business and gathering private information.

The order came from a long-running lawsuit known as the "John B." case that requires standards for testing children for various ailments under TennCare.

TennCare advocates claim that files and e-mails related to the case were illegally discarded by state officials.

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