College told to release emails on Tucson suspect

By the Associated Press | May 18, 2011 | 11:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge says the community college where Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner was once a student must release more than 250 emails written about him in the months before he was suspended from campus.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Stephen Villarreal on Wednesday rejected the Pima Community College's argument that the emails were part of Loughner's official school record and protected from disclosure under a federal privacy law.

The Arizona Republic sued the college over the records, arguing that the records could help the public determine if the college took appropriate steps in dealing with Loughner after a series of run-ins with campus police.

Pima Community chancellor Roy Flores says the college won't challenge the court's decision and could release the emails later this week.