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Has FSU Violated Florida Public Records Law?

According to Barbara Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation, Florida State is in violation of the public records law if they do not release the findings handed down by the NCAA Infractions Committee.

Petersen told WCTV on Thursday that Florida State doesn't have a lot of options except to release the findings no matter what the NCAA says.

"Florida state has a constitutional duty to provide access to that record. They can't contract away from that record."

The NCAA released its findings on Wednesday on a secure website that allows the document to be read only and not downloaded or printed.

"I don't see it shaping up well. Frankly, I don't think that Florida State has that much of an option here. From what I've read and in talking to some of the reporters, the NCAA is saying FSU can not release this because its confidential. I don't know what FSU does now because public records requests have been made for these documents and it is a public record. There may be some information in there, (that is exempt) but that doesn't take it out of the realm of public records in Florida."

Florida State has until June 17th to file a rebuttal to the NCAA and the Infractions Committee.


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