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SALT LAKE CITY — BYU's campus police department is not exempt from Utah’s open-records laws, a 3rd District Court judge ruled Friday.

“The court concludes that when BYUPD is acting as a law enforcement agency and/or its officers are acting as law enforcement officers, it is a government entity subject to GRAMA,” Judge Laura S. Scott wrote, according to court documents.

Scott’s decision comes from a lawsuit filed by The Salt Lake Tribune and former Tribune reporter Matthew Piper on July 12, 2016.

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers general news, outdoors, history and sports for He previously worked for the Deseret News. He is a Utah transplant by the way of Rochester, New York.


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