Retired Arlington Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan, during arguments in Prince William County Circuit Court on Monday, denied without prejudice a motion filed by the American Tradition Institute that contended the university waived its right to the records when it released them last year to Mr. Mann's lawyer and, in essence, Mr. Mann himself.
"I'm a first-grader here," he said with regard to Freedom of Information Act law. "Sorry I don't have a more definitive ruling. ... This case has clear potential for appeal, and I want everybody's record."