Bone McAllester Norton attorney Edward M. Yarbrough spoke with the Tennessean yesterday about how the state’s laws on open records, fair trials and victims’ privacy rights converge as cases move through the courts. The subject was the Vanderbilt rape case, which was heard in appeals court Monday. A media coalition filed lawsuit after being denied case information, including text messages sent between players and coaches following the incident that took place last June in a Vanderbilt dorm. Presiding Judge Frank G. Clement, Jr. questioned why media should have access to such records prior to the trial.
“. . .if we need to go a little further than we would like to restrict the Public Records Act, then we should do it,” Ed told reporter Tony Gonzalez. “The time has come to take victim’s rights seriously and put them right up there with civil rights and all constitutional rights.”
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