State Supreme Court to hear Vanderbilt rape records lawsuit
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Thursday over a lawsuit calling for the city of Nashville to force the release of records in a case involving former Vanderbilt football players charged with rape.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1EroClR ) a coalition of media outlets, including The Tennessean and The Associated Press, are seeking records obtained by Nashville police, including text messages between coaches and their football players after the rape.
The media organizations say records created by parties outside government should be public under state law. The organizations are not asking for video records of the attack.
In January, two former players, Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, were found guilty of raping an unconscious student in June 2013. Two other men accused of the crime are awaiting trial.