Indiana Court of Appeals rules in favor of ESPN in Notre Dame records case

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A general view of the "Golden Dome" on the campus of Notre Dame University before the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the University of Southern California Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium on October 19, 2013 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (Mar. 15, 2016) — The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of ESPN in its lawsuit against the University of Notre Dame over records detailing alleged crimes by student-athletes that the university’s police department has refused to release.

The three-judge panel overturned a lower court decision, ruling Tuesday that the university’s police department is a public agency subject to the state’s public records law.

But the judges also said that other exemptions may apply to the records sought by the sports network and ordered a lower court to decide if the records must be released.

Notre Dame officials could not immediately be reached for comment. A Notre Dame attorney had argued that lawmakers never intended for public records laws to apply to private colleges.

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