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Newspaper Appeals in Knight Case

December 5, 2001

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A newspaper asked the Indiana Court of Appeals to overturn a judge’s ruling that Indiana University does not have to release documents related to the firing of Bob Knight.

Special Judge Jane Spencer Craney ruled Nov. 5 that materials The Indianapolis Star had sought in its lawsuit against Indiana University supporting the basketball coach’s dismissal are exempt under state open records laws. The Star filed the appeal Monday.

The Star’s lawsuit had sought records generated by the trustees, campus police and private investigators in the course of its investigation that led to Knight’s dismissal.

In refusing to release the records, the school cited federal law and state exemptions to the open records law.

The Star argued that the school waived its right to those exemptions when it voluntarily disclosed some of the records in news conferences to announce its decisions related to Knight in May and September 2000.

School spokesman William Stephan said Wednesday the university is pleased with the court’s earlier decision.

``We will simply look for the appeals process to unfold,″ he said.

Knight was fired Sept. 10, 2000, after violating a zero-tolerance conduct policy imposed the previous May following an investigation involving a former player.

He was fired days after a student claimed Knight twisted his arm and admonished him after he greeted the coach by his last name.

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