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EXCLUSIVE: Governor intercedes to get lawsuit dropped, Montwheeler records released

Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday arranged for the state Psychiatric Security Review Board to drop its lawsuit against the weekly Malheur Enterprise and turn over records to the newspaper. (Enterprise file photo)

UPDATE: Full text of governor's statement added below.

The Enterprise

Under pressure from Gov. Kate Brown, a state agency Tuesday dropped its lawsuit against the Malheur Enterprise and will turn over public records concerning accused murderer Anthony W. Montwheeler.

The contested records were to be released late Tuesday.

The governor’s extraordinary intercession came a day after the weekly newspaper started a $20,000 legal fund campaign to defend itself against the suit brought last week by the state Psychiatric Security Review Board. The state board wanted to keep the public from seeing government records . . .