AG Zoeller backs ESPN in public records lawsuit vs. Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller has submitted a friend of the court brief saying he believes the University of Notre Dame police department should be subject to the state’s open records law.

The brief filed Thursday involves ESPN’s appeal of a ruling by St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Steven Hostetler that the department doesn’t have to make arrest reports public.

The Bristol, Connecticut-based company is seeking records about possible campus crimes that may involve student-athletes.

ESPN argued that a police department with the power to arrest should be subject to public scrutiny. It filed a lawsuit Jan. 15, alleging the private school was violating Indiana’s public record laws by withholding police incident reports.

Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown said Friday the university had no comment on Zoeller’s brief. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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