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Journalists’ group helps with Collegiate Times lawsuit

The Society of Professional Journalists is helping the Virginia Tech student newspaper with its legal fight to get information from the West Virginia State Police.

The Collegiate Times will receive $1,000 from the society’s legal defense fund to help obtain investigation records relating to the 1998 disappearance of Tech student Robert Kovack, according to The Roanoke Times. So far, the lawsuit has cost the nonprofit newspaper $10,000.

The West Virginia police denied the newspaper’s requests for documents, citing an exemption in the state’s Freedom of Information law that allows them to withold reports from open cases. The police will have to demostrate in court that the release of the information would damage the ongoing investigation.

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