Judge seals state report on Montwheeler fitness

By Jayme Fraser

The Enterprise

VALE – A state judge last week sealed an Oregon State Hospital report finding Anthony Montwheeler is unfit to stand trial for murder, creating uncertainty about whether the public will ever see details of the psychological evaluation.

Multnomah Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ryan screened the report from public access after the Malheur Enterprise sought a copy from the official file in Malheur County Circuit Court.

State hospital officials submitted the report in January after examining Montwheeler.

“The information in the report is of a highly personal nature, as it details defendant’s past and present mental health and mental health treatment,” wrote Ryan, who took over the case after two local judges stepped aside because of previous dealings with Montwheeler. “While the court appreciates that there could be interest in the report, nothing before the court establishes that the public interest requires disclosure of the report . . .