High court to hear appeal over records in Vandy rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether news media are entitled to records related to a rape case against four former Vanderbilt University football players.

The Court of Appeals in September ruled that records sought by a statewide media coalition led by The Tennessean and including The Associated Press should not be made public because they are part of a continuing police investigation.

The decision reversed part of an earlier ruling by Davidson County Chancellor Russell T. Perkins, who had found that some records given to police should be made available.

The media group had sued the city of Nashville after investigators refused to release video surveillance, photographs and other material that Vanderbilt University turned over to city police.