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Media, defense clash over sealed affidavit in Bangor

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A skeptical judge who is being asked to unseal a probable cause affidavit in the death of a 15-year-old girl questioned whether news organizations have the right to intervene Wednesday, but said he would make a decision in the case by day’s end. Judge William Anderson asked whether news organizations can intervene in criminal cases or whether the proper procedure to contest his ruling would have been to seek a temporary restraining order in civil court. Sigmund Schutz, lawyer for the Associated Press and the Portland Press Herald, argued that the affidavit explaining why Kyle Dube, 20, was charged in the death of Nichole Cable should be made public on First Amendment grounds.

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