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Alabama's Governor Won't Give Us The Auburn Softball Complaint; Maybe They'll Give It To You

Alabama's Governor Won't Give Us The Auburn Softball Complaint; Maybe They'll Give It To You
From Deadspin - September 8, 2017

Last month, ESPN reported that former Auburn softball player Alexa Nemeth had filed a complaint alleging that players sufferedsexual harassment and abuse under then-head coach Clint Myers. This complaint, per ESPN, also said that Coach Clint Myers knowingly let his son Corey Myers have relations and pursue relations with multiple members of the team.

The complaint was, according to ESPNs reporting, submitted to two state agencies: Auburn and the office of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. ESPN didnt post the full complaint, so I asked both Auburn and Iveys offices for copies. I did so knowing that, due to federal student-privacy laws, whatever I got back from Auburn would be incomplete, and that I was much more likely to get a fuller copy of what Nemeth submitted from Iveys office.

However, my request to Iveys office was rejected because Im not a citizen of Alabama. Yes, in Alabama (as well as in a few other states) the only people allowed access to state records are state residents. This dangerous line of thinking, which reeks of a desire to keep the possibly critical eyes of outsiders off of state business, has been affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that similar laws in Virginia were legal by a whopping 9-0.

But hope is not lost. Because perhaps you, dear reader, are a resident of Alabama and would like to submit a public records request for me.

I contacted Iveys office and was told by the legal department that non-media members need to submit a form to ask for public records. That form is embedded below.

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