The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has agreed to represent two Warwick media outlets if a Warwick school official files a defamation suit over the publishing of a public document.
The ACLU announced Wednesday it will represent the Warwick Beacon and the Warwick Post if the Warwick School Department's outgoing director of human resources, Rosemary Healey, files suit.
An upcoming report examines how Healey and school administrators handled sexual misconduct allegations against a teacher.
Healey's lawyer, Jeffrey Sowa, has ordered the Beacon and Post to "cease and desist from publishing any matters relating to" Healey. Sowa says the publishers would "not be insulated from liability" if they release the report.
The Attorney General ruled the report is a public record.