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Judge: Media Can Argue to Make Bundy Case Documents Public

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Media organizations will be allowed to argue for the release of documents that federal prosecutors want to shield from public view in the case involving Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s 2014 armed standoff with government agents.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen didn’t immediately open the court filings with her Friday order on a request by The Associated Press, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and rural Nevada newspaper publisher Battle Born Media.

But she said the court will let media lawyers oppose prosecutors’ contentions that disclosing evidence could expose witnesses to intimidation and court officials to possible violence from Bundy supporters.

A temporary order currently requires defense lawyers to keep confidential the evidence that the government shares with them.

Media lawyers argue that’s an infringement on First Amendment free speech and press rights.

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