Michigan's top court takes case involving documents at U-M

ANN ARBOR (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has accepted a case involving the University of Michigan and the papers of a man considered to be an influential voice in anti-immigration matters.

Dr. John Tanton of Petoskey donated 25 boxes of papers to the university, but 11 boxes were to remain closed until 2035.

Those terms now are in question. The Michigan appeals court last year said the closed records are public documents under the Freedom of Information Act because they’re being held by a campus library as an “official function.” It’s a key phrase in state law.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the months ahead.

Tanton died in July at age 85, days after the appeals court decision. He had a key role in forming Federation for American Immigration Reform.

The lawsuit was filed by Hassan Ahmad, an attorney in McLean, Virginia.

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