KREM 2 News seeks release of professor's records

KREM 2 News seeks release of professor's records

Katy Benoit and Ernesto Bustamante

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by Associated Press & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 3 at 1:05 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) -- KREM 2 News, other media outlets and attorneys for the University of Idaho are seeking a judge's decision on whether the school should make public the personnel records of a former psychology professor who committed suicide after shooting and killing a graduate student who had ended her sexual relationship with him.

2nd District Judge John R. Stegner is scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday afternoon in Latah County.

Idaho public records law says the records of government officials should be generally accessible to the public, with exceptions made for private personnel files. The university is asking Stegner to decide if that exception extends beyond the official's death.

Former professor Ernesto Bustamante killed Katy Benoit at her residence on Aug. 22 and he was found dead the next day.

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