ESPN are set to appeal a judge’s ruling (St Joseph Superior Court) in respect of The University Notre Dame’s police records. The notice was served to the Indiana Court of Appeals. ESPN contend the campus police records should not be subject to the open records law of the state.
The notice was filed on Wednesday by the sports network. This was the last day allowable within the statutory thirty day deadline. However they have yet to file their legal argument why theApril 20th ruling should be overturned.
ESPN’s reported, Paula Lavigne, sued the university in January contesting that it violated public records law. This when the universities police dept. (in November) denied the reporter’s request over incident reports in relation to specific individuals.
The university had refused to make available the records, contending that their police department is not, as such, a public law enforcement agency, irrespective that an advisory opinion issued on the 31st October by Luke Britt (Indiana Public Access Counselor) filed an opinion addressing the ESPN complaint. Another complaint filed by The Tribune in the fall was also addressed.
The complaint from the Tribune arose from requests to The University of Notre Dame for police records and associated papers in relation to an incident on 6th of September. On that date a man fell down a stairwell and was critically injured. The incident happened in the main building of the university. A band concert had taken place around an hour prior to the Notre Dame v Michigan football game.
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