UI wants more time on Hillcrest-assault documents

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 02, 2009 7:20 AM

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Attorneys for the UI asked a judge on Wednesday to allow them more time to release more than 1,100 documents related to the sexual-assault investigation involving two former Hawkeye football players.

Sixth District Judge Douglas Russell ordered UI officials to release the documents within 30 days of his Aug. 31 decision.

The ruling was a response to a lawsuit filed in August 2008 by the Iowa City Press-Citizen. UI officials contended that the records are protected under federal student-privacy laws.

The lawsuit stems from an alleged Oct. 14, 2007, incident in which two former Hawkeye football players were accused of sexually assaulting a female student-athlete. Neither of the men has gone to trial yet.

The university was widely criticized for its role in the subsequent investigation, and a probe into officials’ handling of the case resulted in the termination of two administration officials.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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