SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court has heard arguments in a public records case that pits a newspaper against Brigham Young University.
Friday's hearing was the culmination of a three-year battle between the Salt Lake Tribune and the university.
A BYU attorney argues that because the school's police force now is subject to records laws, the state's high court should find police can keep secret any document created before the change in the public records law this year.
A Tribune attorney says that if BYU's police officers have the power to make arrests, serve search warrants and use deadly force, they should be bound to hand over public records like any other police agency.
In July, a district court judge ruled in the newspaper's favor and BYU appealed.
The Utah Supreme Court has taken the matter under advisement.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com