High Court Hears Argument in Ex-Hog's E-Mail Case

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Supreme Court justices are hearing oral arguments in a case against the University of Arkansas over its handling of e-mails critical of former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain.

Justices heard arguments today from attorneys in an appeal arguing that a circuit judge should not have dismissed the lawsuit accusing UA of failing to thoroughly investigate e-mails about the quarterback who later left the UA program.

John David Terry of Mount Ida claims public money was misused because then-UA Chancellor John White had coach Houston Nutt investigate the e-mail regarding Mustain. Terry's lawsuit alleged that White shouldn't have had Nutt investigate the e-mail because it was sent to Mustain by Razorbacks booster Teresa Prewett, a friend of Nutt's family.

Since the lawsuit was filed, Mustain has left Arkansas for the University of Southern California, Nutt has left for Ole Miss and White has stepped down as UA chancellor.

Woody Bassett, an attorney representing the University of Arkansas, says the lawsuit was pointless, considering that Nutt, Mustain and White had all since left the university.

But attorney Eddie Christian told justices that he did not believe the e-mail was properly investigated -- because it was up to Nutt to investigate the situation himself.

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