CA judge won't release most of jury transcript

AP News
Posted: Jun 02, 2011 3:26 PM
CA judge won't release most of jury transcript

A California judge is refusing to release most of a grand jury transcript involving the case of a woman who was kidnapped as a girl and held captive for 18 years.

El Dorado County Superior Judge Douglas Phimister on Thursday rejected a request for the entire document from a number of media organizations, including The Associated Press.

The judge says he wanted to protect the privacy of victim Jaycee Dugard and the two daughters she bore after being raped by her kidnapper.

He says much of the material could be been characterized as pornographic, with little news value. He intends, however, to release some portions dealing with the kidnapping but did not say when the documents would be available.

Karl Olson, a lawyer representing the media, told the judge Dugard had weakened her plea for privacy by writing a memoir to be published this summer.

Phimister sentenced two defendants in the case earlier in the day.