Notre Dame police want records secret, ESPN lawyer argues

September 21, 2016 By Dave Stafford
The Indiana Lawyer

Justice Robert Rucker suggested the Indiana Supreme Court could read the Access to Public Records Act to determine it covers private university police, but a lawyer for the University of Notre Dame Police Department said doing so would look past the plain meaning of the law.

“Respectfully, your honor, you could craft a decision that would accommodate that,” Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorney Peter Rusthoven argued to the court Sept. 13 in a case where ESPN is seeking incident records from the campus police involving 275 student athletes. “But I would respectfully submit you’re not reading the statute then; you’re writing the statute.”

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