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Federal judge breaks seal on court records in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case

Minneapolis St. Paul Star Tribune
October 26, 2009
By Jennifer Dobner, Associated Press

A federal judge ordered most court records in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case in Salt Lake City released for public scrutiny. The judge cited concerns about a fair trial in keeping some records sealed including competency reports on the kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell.  A number of  news organizations including the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune has asked the court to release the records. -DB

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