Media Coalition: Vandy Records Should Be Public

In a new court filing, a media coalition led by the Tennessean argues that text messages and other documents it is seeking in a Vanderbilt University rape case are public records that no law or policy can shield from public view. Metro government, the state attorney general’s office and the alleged victim in the case argued against releasing the records in briefs filed in Davidson County Chancery Court, saying their release would harm the victim and compromise the defendants’ ability to receive a fair trial. Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Russell Perkins has said he intends to hold a final hearing Monday and rule in the case the following day.