Media coalition seeks access in Minnesota sex offender case

AP News
Posted: Aug 06, 2015 12:56 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A coalition of news organizations is asking in a federal court filing that high-level talks over the future of Minnesota's sex offender confinement program be open to the public.

At issue is a conference Monday in which a federal judge has asked Gov. Mark Dayton, top lawmakers and others to discuss alternatives to indefinite lockup for 700 sex offenders in secure medical facilities. Judge Donovan Frank asked for the conference, but declared it closed after previously finding the program unconstitutional.

A motion seeking to open the conference was filed Thursday by lawyers for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and several other media outlets, including The Associated Press.

The media attorneys argue it isn't a routine conference, which could include case scheduling or settlement discussions, because of the participants and stakes involved.