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Government seeks to unseal abortion case filing

Published on -3/14/2013, 4:22 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The Justice Department has asked a judge to make public a Kansas anti-abortion activist's communications with the killer of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller.

The government's request Thursday to unseal its filing comes a day after the court refused to shield Angel Dillard's contacts with murderer Scott Roeder.

Prosecutors argue it's in the public interest for court proceedings to be conducted transparently whenever possible.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Gale initially ordered the filing under seal until he decided whether Dillard's communications were protected by ministerial privilege. Gale later ruled they are not because the Valley Center woman is not an ordained minister.

The sealed filing purportedly includes about 10 pages of letters obtained by the FBI that Dillard sent Roeder.

The government sued Dillard for sending an allegedly threatening letter to a Wichita doctor.

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