Media Law Case of the Week

For three years, student journalists at Michigan State University have been fighting a legal battle to get access to police records of a campus incident that allegedly included a student covering a victim in gasoline and threatening to set the victim on fire in a dorm room.

Now an Ingham County Circuit Court judge has said the university must turn over some of the information in those police records to the student newspaper.

The Student Press Law Center has the story of how this legal battle unfolded, why it is important to student journalists who weren’t even on the newspaper staff at the time, and why it might not be over here.

Three years to get basic police records.

Keep up the good fight, student journalists.

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