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District Court Judge Sets Oct. 3 For Arguments Concerning Release Of Bustamante Documents

MOSCOW, Idaho – Latah District Court Judge John Stegner today set Monday, Oct. 3, for oral arguments in the declaratory action brought by the University of Idaho concerning the personnel records of former employee Ernesto Bustamante.

"The University is grateful to the court for putting this on a fast track," said Charles Graham, senior associate general counsel for the University of Idaho.

The university is asking the court to interpret the meaning of the Idaho Public Records Law §9-340C(1), which bars public agencies from releasing most personnel records for current and former employees without the employee's consent. The question to be resolved by the court is whether this law applies after the death of the former employee.

The institution has received numerous public records to release Bustamante's personnel records. The university's commitment to the public is full disclosure of all information it has the legal authority to disclose.

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