MSU Files Lawsuit to Ban Release of Police Records on Assault

Michigan State University has filed a lawsuit to keep news organizations from seeing police and arrest reports that could be related to a suspected sexual assault involving members of the Spartans football team. MSU says complying with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the ESPN sports network would interfere with a criminal investigation.

The lawsuit also comes after the Michigan House of Representatives unanimously passed HB 4077 – legislation that would prohibit public entities, such as MSU, from suing individuals and organizations that submit FOIA requests.

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