Man’s public records dispute lives to see another day in court

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

The Vermont Supreme court has ruled a man may be able to sidestep UVM after the university refused to give up a police record.

The court ruled June 27, 2019, that Jacob Oblak’s petition he made to the criminal court for the arrest affidavit of Wesley Richter should have been considered by a lower court judge. Richter was arrested by University Police Services after allegedly making a racial threat, according to an October 2017 Cynic article.

The Supreme Court has handed the case back down to the civil court, meaning Oblak will now have to argue in front of a civil judge as to why he should get access to the document the University refuses to give up.

When Oblak requested the record through the courts, he was told there were no such records that existed despite UVM’s confirmation and subsequent denial of access to the record.

Oblak’s case against the University directly is still pending an opinion from the court.