College athletes’ privacy rights questioned in Montana records case

Should intercollegiate athletes have diminished expectations of privacy? Best-selling author Jon Krakauer and his attorney, Mike Meloy of Helena, say yes.

At the heart of Krakauer’s wide-ranging argument for the release of documents related to the decision to vacate former Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson's expulsion after university proceedings found him guilty of sexual assault in 2013 is the contention that student-athletes aren’t subject to privacy laws due to their status as public figures.

Krakauer and Meloy argued that case Wednesday to the Montana Supreme Court during a records request hearing at the Strand Union Building at Montana State University. Continue…