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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Michigan State newspaper battles on...

A legal battle between Michigan State University and its student newspaper over release of a police report about a campus assault was sent back to a lower court by the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The ruling left unresolved whether all or parts of the police report should be publicly released to the State News student newspaper -- even though three suspects were long ago apprehended and charged.

The Supreme Court ruled that even if details of the police report became public through other channels, the newspaper's original request for the report under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) could be denied by the university. However, the court ordered the lower court to review the report to determine what portions should be released or exempted for privacy reasons.

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