Baylor must release Pepper Hamilton sexual assault evidence after ruling

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 12, 2017

A federal judge ruled Friday that Baylor must turn over evidence an outside law firm used for a report that found former head football coach Art Briles and others at school fostered a "culture of sexual violence".

Baylor waived attorney-client privilege with Pepper Hamilton in May 2016 when it released a 13-page "findings of fact" document admitting "fundamental failure" in Title IX implementation from 2012 to 2015, Pitman wrote.

A Baylor spokeswoman didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

After releasing a summary of their findings nine months later, the university's head football coach, Art Briles, was sacked and the university's former president, Ken Starr, was reassigned only to later leave the university altogether. The university had claimed that the documents were privileged, since the firm Pepper Hamilton that was conducting the investigation was doing legal work for the private Baptist school.

Disclosure: Baylor University has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. All of the work product and related materials prepared by Pepper Hamilton are now protected from discovery, with the provision of the university being required to produce a detailed log of certain work product and to identify witnesses who were interviewed.

"I think it is one more step and a big step in the truth coming out for these young women", said Jim Dunnam, a Waco attorney representing the 10 alleged victims.

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