Media challenging ruling keeping Bundy case documents secret

This Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 booking photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff''s office shows Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy. Bundy, the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon refuge occupation, and who was the center of a standoff with federal officials in Nevada in 2014, was arrested in Portland, the FBI said Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff''s office via AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Media organizations are challenging a federal magistrate judge’s order to keep many documents secret in the Nevada criminal case involving rancher Cliven Bundy and a 2014 armed standoff with government agents.

The Associated Press, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Nevada newspaper publisher Battle Born Media argue that openness is particularly important in a case involving people who’ve been critical of the government.

Documents submitted Monday respond to prosecutors’ filings last week endorsing Judge Peggy Leen’s order.

The judge said last month she found a “credible risk” that public disclosure of documents turned over by prosecutors to attorneys for 19 defendants might be used to intimidate or influence potential witnesses.

Two men have pleaded guilty since then.

Trial is scheduled for the others in February.

 

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