- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on efforts by North Carolina news organizations to persuade a judge not to seal details from a lawsuit stemming from the child murder investigation that led to two brothers being wrongly imprisoned (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

A federal judge in North Carolina has denied requests to seal documents related to the case of two brothers who were wrongfully imprisoned for a child’s death nearly 35 years ago.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle late Friday denied several motions seeking to keep the filings confidential. He wrote that the parties went too far in sealing a large number of documents in the matter of Henry McCollum and half-brother Leon Brown.

Several news organizations including The Associated Press had asked to keep the court documents available to the public.

Boyle gave the parties 10 days to identify which specific documents they would like sealed and provide a justification for the requests.

The brothers were freed in 2014 after DNA evidence indicated that another man raped and killed the girl. They were later pardoned and the state awarded them $750,000 each.

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3:10 p.m.

Media organizations want a federal judge to make public the details about a child murder investigation that led to two brothers being wrongfully imprisoned for three decades and the monetary settlement with investigators.

Several outlets including The Associated Press asked Friday to intervene in the civil lawsuit filed by Henry McCollum and a representative of his brother, Leon Brown.

The organizations’ lawyer also wrote the judge asking him to prevent from being sealed documents related to the lawsuit and a settlement between the brothers and the Robeson County town where the murder of an 11-year-old girl occurred in 1983.

The brothers were freed in 2014 after DNA evidence indicated that another man raped and killed the girl. They were later pardoned and the state awarded them $750,000 each.


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