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Court officials moved to keep key Anthony Montwheeler document off limits

Anthony Montwheeler is wheeled out of a Malheur County Circuit Courtroom in May. State officials successfully kept a crucial public document regarding the Nampa man's mental fitness from public view. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

VALE – State court administrators recently kept the public from a key report about the fitness of accused murderer Anthony Montwheeler despite internal warnings that such records weren’t “legally confidential.”

When that secrecy was challenged, agency officials privately approached a state judge, resulting in a court order blocking the report from public view.

The move was the latest instance of Oregon officials citing Montwheeler’s privacy to justify keeping government documents under wraps.

Montwheeler, 50, is charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping and assault. He is accused of kidnapping and killing an ex-wife in January 2017 and killing a Vale man and . . .