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Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate says " The manifesto by Audrey Hale is a critical public record that must be published the same as any other killer's rantings."


The efforts of parents and Nashville community members to stop the release of Covenant School shooter Audrey Hale's writings, if successful, would be an unprecedented move that could have bigger implications going forward, an open-government expert told The Post.

Tennessee's victims' rights statute does not give individuals a "carte blanche" to veto other laws, such as the one that allows people the right to public records, said Deborah Fisher, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government.

"There's nothing really to indicate that there would be this ability for victims to veto the release of otherwise public records and in, and in this case, crime records," Fisher said Thursday.

Fisher is not a party in the ongoing litigation over whether Hale's writings - previously described as a "manifesto" - should be released.

"There are a lot of reasons not to think that there was ever any intention that there'd be an unspecified kind of veto right of victims to prevent the release of public records."

Fisher noted TCOG is interested in the outcome of the litigation because of its potential for bigger implications.

"If the courts do conclude that victims have a veto over the release of crime records, that would create a whole new equation in Tennessee about what the public gets to know about crime or even possibly criminal trials."

Hale's parents last month transferred ownership of her "manifesto" to the families of Covenant School students who are battling to stop them from being released.


Portions of the manifesto belonging to Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale are circulating social media after months of debate regarding its release.

Steven Crowder, the host of the Louder with Crowder talk show, shared leaked images from the manifesto Monday morning. The pages released by Crowder allegedly reveal the intentions behind Hale's deadly attack.

Wanna kill all you little c*******," one page from the manifesto reads. "Bunch of little f****** w/ your white privlages f*** you f******."

The National Desk has verified the authenticity of the leaked images through its Nashville affiliate, FOX 17 News.

28-year-old Audrey Hale killed six people, including three students, after breaking into The Covenant School in March. Hale, a transgender man who reportedly also went by the name "Aiden," was previously a student at the school.

FOX 17 News reported in May that several Covenant parents did not want the manifesto to be released, citing the risk it could encourage copycat attacks and traumatize survivors.