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CNN Sues Blaine County for Bergdahl Records
Blaine County, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Bowe Bergdahl’s home county is in court defending why it refuses to hand over police records to CNN.
The media giant recently requested all public records related to the Bergdahl family from 1986 to present.
The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded with 4 records, dating back to March 1998.
They provided details on three of the cases, but refuse to hand over information relating to the 4th investigation.
Blaine County stands by the sheriff’s decision to keep private what they are calling “highly personal information”.
The county claims this request is an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, protected under Idaho law.
Deb Kristensen is representing CNN in this matter.
She argues there is almost always something embarrassing, personal, or private whenever law enforcement is involved.
She says these are public documents and the news media and public have a right to know.
“It’s a little bit hard to make an argument about something you haven’t seen. So both the judge and I are the only ones who haven’t seen what we’re actually talking about. So you know, there’s a lot of what ifs. What does it contain? What doesn't it contain? So hopefully we went through enough of those scenarios when he finally sees the record, he’ll know how to approach it,” Kristensen said.
The sensitive documents were handed over to the court in a sealed envelope.
Judge Elgee will review the materials before ruling whether or not this information will become public.
At this time, it is not known when a decision will be made.