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ESPN to appeal Notre Dame police records case

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -

 An appeal was filed Wednesday in the Indiana Court of Appeals concerning the case of ESPN v. University of Notre Dame.

In April, a St. Joseph County Judge ruled that Notre Dame's police records are private and the University did not have fulfill a public records request from ESPN.

The lawsuit against Notre Dame began in January after an ESPN reporter requested crime reports involving students from the University and ND declined.

Back in April, St. Joseph County Judge Steven Hostetler decided Notre Dame is not subject to open record laws, but did say the law may need to be reviewed.

"There are indeed persuasive reasons why the statute should be amended to read the way ESPN desires," stated Judge Hostetler during the April ruling.

Judge Hostetler also explained this case was not about whether the law was correct, but rather if the University was violating open record laws. Because Notre Dame is a private institution, the ruling was in their favor.  

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