College Must Release E-Mails Involving Suspected Gunman, Arizona Judge Rules

A state judge has ruled that Pima Community College, in Arizona, must make public more than 250 e-mails about Jared Lee Loughner, the former student who is charged in the Tucson shooting rampage last January that killed six people and wounded a congresswoman, The Arizona Republic reported. The college had previously released some documents describing its dealings with Mr. Loughner before he dropped out last fall, but it had sought to keep the e-mails private, arguing that they were protected under the the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Judge Stephen Villarreal of Pima County Superior Court disagreed. “Ferpa implies that education records are institutional records kept by a single central custodian, such as a registrar, not individual assignments or e-mails,” he wrote.

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