Court Sets Conference on Records Request Concerning Bustamante

Posted by George Prentice on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 4:51 PM

A Latah County District Court has set a scheduling conference for the University of Idaho's unprecedented request to release private records regarding Ernesto Bustamante, the former U of I professor found dead last week of a self-inflicted gunshot following the murder of 22-year-old grad student Katy Benoit. Bustamante killed himself as Moscow police were serving a warrant, naming the former professor as suspect in Benoit's murder.

The university is asking the court to rule on the Idaho Public Records law, which bars public agencies from releasing personnel records for current or former employees. The question to be resolved is whether the law applies after the death of the former employee.

The scheduling conference is set for Friday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m.

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