[Ppnews] Court moves to make public documents in Carrie Feldman's contempt case

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Fri Feb 26 10:38:52 EST 2010

Court moves to make public documents in activist's contempt case

The case involves a Minneapolis woman jailed 
since November for refusing to testify to a federal grand jury.

By <http://www.startribune.com/bios/19363479.html>ABBY SIMONS, Star Tribune

Last update: February 25, 2010 - 8:12 PM

A Twin Cities journalist won a partial victory 
Thursday in a battle to open the court record 
involving a Minneapolis activist jailed in Iowa 
for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.

The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals granted 
a motion on behalf of Sheila Regan of the online 
publication Twin Cities Daily Planet to unseal 
most records related to a contempt of court case against Carrie Feldman.

However, the appellate court gave federal 
prosecutors three weeks to propose which parts of 
the record they want redacted. Prosecutors say 
some information may need to be withheld to 
protect the "secrecy and integrity" of the grand jury process.

Feldman, 20, was jailed in November for refusing 
to appear before a grand jury examining a 2004 
break-in at a University of Iowa laboratory 
targeted by animal rights proponents.

Feldman said she knows nothing about the break-in 
and refused to testify because she believes grand 
juries are used to abuse power. Under the law, 
she could be jailed until October if she maintains her silence.

Her former boyfriend, University of Minnesota 
graduate student Scott DeMuth, 22, was charged in 
November with conspiracy to commit animal 
enterprise terrorism in connection with the 
break-in. He was released pending trial.

In Thursday's ruling, Eighth Circuit Judge Kermit 
Bye expressed frustration that the government 
will get additional time to submit proposed 
redactions when Regan's motion to unseal the 
record was filed more than a month ago.

"The public's rightful access to the majority of 
the records in this appeal has already been delayed by two months," Bye wrote.

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921

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