Wyoming Supreme Court hears appeal of press ruling

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Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The Wyoming Supreme Court must decide whether to grant better media access to circuit court proceedings in sex assault cases.

Wyoming law prohibits public employees from disclosing a defendant's name in a sexual assault case until the circuit court binds the defendant over to district court.

The Wyoming Attorney General's Office is appealing a 2012 ruling from District Judge Keith Kautz of Torrington. Kautz ruled names in circuit court records could be redacted and said circuit court hearings could be public.

Cathleen Parker, senior assistant attorney general, told the high court on Tuesday circuit court proceedings on sex assault cases should remain closed.

Bruce Moats, lawyer for media groups, said the Supreme Court should endorse Kautz's ruling or reject the state law as unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court will rule later.

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