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TN Public Records Act Requires Disclosure of Police Report

A suicide victim’s wife told police officers investigating the death that her husband killed himself after he found out about her extramarital affair. A reporter for the Jackson Sun requested the police report, and the city successfully moved the Equity Court of Madison County to expurgate the information about the affair, and the newspaper appealed.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals of Tennessee, Western Section, found that Tenn. Code Ann. § 10-7-503, the state Public Records Act, superseded any privacy right the wife might have regarding the affair. Thus, the Court reversed the Equity Court’s redaction of that information. See: City of Jackson v. Jackson Sun, Inc., 1988 Tenn. App. LEXIS 202.

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City of Jackson v. Jackson Sun, Inc.