Lawyers debate right to know and right to privacy

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Louisville Courier-Journal's lawyers have told the state Supreme Court the public has a right to know who is donating money to the University of Louisville Foundation and what they may receive in return.

Jon Fleischaker (Fly-shaker) said yesterday in Frankfort that many times they aren't gifts, but are deals in the form of efforts to influence. The newspaper wants the names of more than 47-thousand individual donors to the school. A lawyer for the foundation argued that a donor's right to privacy outweighs the public's interest.

Mike Risley also told the high court that making the names public could have a chilling effect on donations. He added (in these words) "Nondisclosure is in the best interest of the public." The court is not expected to rule for months.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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