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Judge rules Krakauer can view records after editing

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A District Court Judge ruled that author Jon Krakauer should be able to access some of the University of Montana's records as he investigates a 2013 rape case at the university but only after the records have been edited.

Krakauer is seeking the records concerning the handling of rape allegations against former Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson, whose case was among the counterpoint of UM's rape scandals.

Krakauer focused on the case in his book "Missoula," which he wrote without complete access to the reports from the Commissioner of Higher Education.

The state has continually argued against the records release, arguing the “unnamed student” has a right to privacy.

According to the new ruling by Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Mike Menahan, UM is a public institution and the student was a “public representative” of the University because of the paid scholarships he received to play football.

However, the judge is giving the state a chance to redact some of the records before they are released.

In a Missoula appearance after the book’s release, Krakauer said he was committed to accessing the records and would consider writing a new edition of “Missoula” in the future.

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