HELENA Mont — Jon Krakauer says a court ruling t

first_img HELENA, Mont. — Jon Krakauer says a court ruling that denies him documents detailing how a University of Montana quarterback’s expulsion over a rape allegation was overturned may set a precedent that harms the public’s ability to access government records.The author of “Into Thin Air” and “Into the Wild” made his first public comments about last week’s 4-3 ruling by the Montana Supreme Court by email to The Associated Press.The court said former quarterback Jordan Johnson’s privacy as a student outweighed Krakauer’s right to know what action Montana’s higher education commissioner took to reverse Johnson’s expulsion over the 2012 allegation.Johnson was later acquitted in state court.Krakauer says he believes he has a moral obligation to address what he called the flawed decision and is considering petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court.Matt Volz, The Associated Press FILE – In this April 26, 2016, file photo, “Into the Wild” author Jon Krakauer comments on his lawsuit against Montana’s higher education commissioner in Bozeman, Mont. Krakauer’s five-year quest to find out how and why Montana’s top higher education official intervened to prevent a star college quarterback’s expulsion over a rape accusation stalled Wednesday, July 3, 2019, when the state Supreme Court denied him access to those records. (AP Photo/Matt Volz, File) by Matt Volz, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2019 11:37 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Krakauer: Court ruling on privacy hurts right to knowlast_img

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