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Judge Expects To Release Secret Levy Murder Records



Chandra Levy’s 2001 death drew international scrutiny after it was revealed that she had been having an affair with former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. A Washington jury convicted an illegal immigrant named Ingmar Guandique for her death in 2010.

The public could learn as soon as next week why a Washington court has been holding secret hearings in the murder case of former congressional intern Chandra Levy.

D.C. Superior Judge Gerald I. Fisher said Thursday that he expected to release partial transcripts of earlier secret hearings and legal filings at the end of next week. He made the announcement after a third sealed court hearing about new evidence that has added fresh intrigue to a murder mystery that captivated the nation’s capital in the weeks before September 11.

Levy’s 2001 death drew international scrutiny after it was revealed that she had been having an affair with former U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. A Washington jury convicted an illegal immigrant named Ingmar Guandique for her death in 2010.

So far, Fisher has said publicly only that U.S. Justice Department lawyers approached him late last year with evidence that could have been used to challenge the testimony of a prosecution witness, USA Today reports. Neither prosecutors nor lawyers for Guandique have said what that new information is, or which witness’ testimony it might implicate.

Whatever the problems are, they were serious enough that prosecutors and lawyers for Guandique have agreed to put his appeal on hold while they’re sorted out.

A Justice Department lawyer, David Gorman, said at the end of the hearing only that some of the records about to be unsealed contain allegations by defense lawyers “that the government does not agree with.”

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