Victim In Vandy Rape Case Becomes Party in Tennessean Records Lawsuit

Chancellor Russell Perkins yesterday granted a motion by former U.S. attorney Ed Yarbrough to let the victim in a high-profile Vanderbilt University rape case intervene in The Tennessean’s lawsuit to obtain access to certain records. Yarbrough, who has been quietly representing the victim for months, said his client has “constitutional and statutory rights to not be mistreated by the criminal justice system” and that the lawsuit “has the potential to violate all of those rights.” The Tennessean stated it does not identify the victims of sexual assaults and is not interested in photos or videos. “The issues we are pursuing are third-party records and how this case can set a precedent for other agencies and municipalities to refuse to comply with public records requests,” said Tennessean Executive Editor Maria De Varenne.