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CNN Fights in Court for Bergdahl Records

AP, US Army

HAILEY, Idaho –(KTVB)- A court battle is underway in Blaine County over whether a document involving the Bergdahl family should be released. Last month, CNN filed a petition to gain access to the document after the county denied their public records request twice.

Monday, a hearing was held on the issue. CNN filed a 24-page petition on June 25. It says they asked for any law enforcement record since the year Bowe was born. Three records were released, while one was not. Monday, they argued that document, whatever is it, should be shared with the public.

The hour-long hearing started with Blaine County Attorney Tim Graves standing by the decision to not release a record from Nov. 4, 1999. Graves says he could not give details about the documents without releasing highly-sensitive information. But CNN’s attorney Deb Kristensen argued the report involves law enforcement, which falls under public records and is an inactive investigation.

Kristensen argued that not releasing the documents would set a precedent, blocking the media and the public from relevant information. After Judge Robert Elgee finished questioning both attorneys, he decided to review the records himself, then make a decision. It’s unclear how long that will take.

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