NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that some records in the rape case against four former Vanderbilt football players should be released to a media group that argued the public has a right to them.
Davidson County Chancellor Russell Perkins determined Wednesday that some text messages, emails and other material collected by Vanderbilt University related to the case should be turned over to the coalition that includes The Tennessean, The Associated Press and other outlets.
The media group sued the city of Nashville last month after investigators refused to release video surveillance, photographs and other material that Vanderbilt University turned over to city police. The media organizations did not ask for additional video or photographs believed to have been taken by defendants during the alleged attack.
The Associated Press and many other organizations generally do not identify victims of sexual assault.