Judge Grants Extension Request for Documents in Wetterling Case

Judge Grants Extension Request for Documents in Wetterling Case Photo: KSTP/ File

July 06, 2017 12:12 PM

A judge has granted a request for an extension to submit challenged documents in a court case regarding the investigation of Jacob Wetterling's abduction and murder.

Originally, the documents were required to be submitted by June 30.

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The release of information was delayed when Jacob's parents, Jerry and Patty Wetterling, filed a lawsuit arguing information related to their marriage or family should be kept private.

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Several media organizations, including KSTP, requested at the end of June to intervene in the case, asking the court to deny the Wetterling's request.

Jane Kirtley, interim director of the Silha Center for Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, said the law should not bend to satisfy an individual's desire for privacy.

An attorney representing the Wetterling family issued a statement, which read, in part:

Our lawsuit seeks to preserve the Wetterling's constitutionally protected privacy interests. A very small part of the law enforcement file contains things which do not belong in a police file and misinformation of a character I've never before seen in my 42 years of practicing criminal law. We've asked the judge to review a very small set of documents (less than three one thousands of one percent) that is intensely personal and protected from disclosure by the state and federal constitutions and the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

RELATED: Media, Transparency Advocates Fight to Make Wetterling Files Public

According to the extension document, the challenged documents must now be submitted to the court by July 31.

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