Bay­lor gets or­der

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

A judge has or­dered Bay­lor Univer­sity to turn over doc­u­ments from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that found wide­spread mis­han­dling of sex­ual as­sault cases, some in­volv­ing foot­ball play­ers. The ma­te­ri­als have to be pro­vided to at­tor­ney Jim Dun­nam, a for­mer state rep­re­sen­ta­tive who’s rep­re­sent­ing sev­eral women who say they were raped while at the col­lege, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Bay­lor ar­gued that the doc­u­ments were sub­ject to at­tor­ney-client con­fi­den­tial­ity be­cause the firm con­duct­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Pep­per Hamil­ton, was do­ing le­gal work for it. Since Bay­lor has re­leased parts of the Pep­per Hamil­ton re­port, the judge ruled the school has waived its at­tor­ney-client priv­i­lege. Pep­per Hamil­ton, a Philadel­phia-based law firm, found “in­sti­tu­tional fail­ure at ev­ery level” at the world’s largest Bap­tist univer­sity, in­clud­ing em­ploy­ees who did not re­port cases they knew about or dis­cour­aged vic­tims from mov­ing for­ward with com­plaints. Amidst the con­tro­versy Bay­lor fired foot­ball coach Art Briles, ousted univer­sity pres­i­dent Ken Starr and ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of ath­letic di­rec­tor Ian McCaw.

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