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Should documents donated to a public university be made public immediately?

That question is at the center of a lawsuit currently before the Michigan Supreme Court.

The South Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCRRA) and Madison Heights meet in court May 17.
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether documents donated to a public university by an anti-immigration activist is covered by the Freedom of Information Act.

The University of Michigan is challenging a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals. The court ruled all the papers donated by Dr. John Tanton are available to the public under the state Freedom of Information Act.

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Virginia-based immigration lawyer Hassan Ahmad is suing the University of Michigan to try and get access to papers donated to the school's archive by anti-immigration proponent John Tanton.

The case was dismissed from claims court in December, but arguments were heard in the Michigan Court of Appeals on Wednesday.

Half of Tanton’s papers are available for public consumption. But 11 boxes of his records have been sealed until 2035 at his request.