Judge denies Tulane’s attempt to seal lawsuit documents

Gabriel Garza

On Sept. 17, an Orleans Parish judge denied Tulane University’s attempt to seal all public documents from a lawsuit involving a rape.

The lawsuit stems from an April 2014 case in which a woman said she was raped by Tulane football players Niguel Veal and Raul Diaz Jr. while on a basketball recruiting trip.

The woman says she was illegally served alcohol with other players who were apart of the women’s basketball recruits while student chaperones were assigned to watch the high school visitors.

Veal was booked by New Orleans police with simple rape, but the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office refused the charge soon after. Diaz was not arrested or charged with a crime.

According to NOLA.com, Debra Fischman, the lawyer representing Tulane, argued that allowing the case to be available to the public could discourage witnesses from coming forward in the future.