The Daily Tar Heel's lawsuit against UNC remains unresolved after a hearing in Wake County Thursday.
The DTH sued UNC for public records on sexual assault cases in the fall along with three other North Carolina media organizations — WRAL, The Charlotte Observer and The Durham Herald-Sun — after the University denied a formal request for the records.
The hearing in Judge Allen Baddour’s courtroom was the first step in a potentially long process.
Attorney Hugh Stevens, who is representing The Daily Tar Heel, argued that the general public may be informed of the final disciplinary proceedings of any crime, violence or sexual offense if it was concluded that the offender was found responsible. The DTH wants public access to the name, nature of offense and any sanction by the University in sexual assault cases where the offender was found responsible.
Stevens argued that North Carolina public records law trumps the University’s discretion. He said there is compelling public interest in knowing the identities of people accused of sexual assault.