May 24, 2013

Lawyer wants documents in Maine teen's death sealed

Kyle Dube's lawyer cites threats made against his client and concerns about Dube's right to a fair trial.

The Associated Press

BANGOR — The lawyer for a Maine man charged with killing a 15-year-old girl wants a judge to keep affidavits and search warrants with details about the case under seal.

Stephen Smith, lawyer for Kyle Dube, filed the motion Friday, a day after news organizations challenged a judge's decision to impound a state police affidavit. The document explains why the Orono man was charged this week in the death of Nichole Cable.

Smith says he'd like to keep the items sealed until jury selection because of threats made against Dube and concerns about Dube's right to a fair trial. He also says there are privacy concerns.

MaineToday Media, which owns the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and The Associated Press contend that probable-cause affidavits may be sealed only under rare circumstances that don't apply in this case.

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