- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 28, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on a judge’s conditional order to release records of a University of Montana rape case to author Jon Krakauer (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

“Into Thin Air” author Jon Krakauer says it doesn’t matter that four years have passed in a legal dispute over the release of records in a University of Montana rape case.

Krakauer told The Associated Press Wednesday that the long delay does not diminish the importance for the public to be told the truth about how Montana’s state-funded universities handle rape accusations.

A Montana judge has ordered the state commissioner of higher education to release redacted records that could show whether Commissioner Clayton Christian intervened in a University of Montana case against former quarterback Jordan Johnson.

District Judge Mike Menahan ordered the release of records by May 23 unless an appeal is filed with the Montana Supreme Court.

Krakauer says he expects an appeal by the commissioner’s office.

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9:05 p.m.

A judge has ordered the Commissioner of Higher Education to release certain redacted records related to the university system’s handling of a rape allegation at the University of Montana.

The Missoulian reports District Judge Mike Menahan reviewed the documents and said they could be released with redactions while still maintaining student privacy.

“Into the Wild” author Jon Krakauer requested the records to learn why Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian overturned a campus decision to expel a quarterback for violating the school’s code of conduct.

The player was later acquitted of a rape charge.

Menahan ordered the records released by May 23 unless one of the parties appeals to the Montana Supreme Court.

Attorney David Paoli has argued the redactions are futile because Krakauer requested a specific student’s records.

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