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Chandra Levy: Confidential transcripts from hearings made public

Chandra Levy, a former federal government intern, was found murdered in Washington, D.C., over 10 years ago. Previously confidential transcripts from hearings related to Chandra Levy's death were released to the public Monday.

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In this 2000 file photo provided by Jennifer Baker, Chandra Ann Levy, left, poses for a photo with Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif., and her friend, Jennifer Baker, in the congressman's office in Washington, D.C.

Courtesy Jennifer Baker via The Modesto Bee/AP/File

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Previously confidential transcripts of hearings related to the case of murdered Washington intern Chandra Levy were made public Monday, and more court documents will be made public by the week's end, largely ending a dispute about secrecy in the case.

The newly released transcripts made public after a hearing Monday cover five hearings held earlier this year. Though they are in part redacted, they provide some new details about post-trial proceedings, but because more recent hearings including Monday's have been largely open, the majority of what they contain was already known. Lawyers have held a number of meetings in the case in recent months, but the public and press have not always been able to listen to all of them.

News organizations including The Associated Press, had objected to the secrecy, but the judge overseeing the case said it was necessary for safety concerns. Transcripts released Monday confirm those concerns had to do with the safety of a key witness who helped convict Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique of Levy's death, and the witness' family.

Lawyers have been discussing information that could discredit the witness, Guandique's one-time cellmate, Armando Morales.

Morales testified during Guandique's 2010 trial that Guandique had confided that he was responsible for Levy's death.

Defense attorneys have said they intend to request a new trial based on information that calls Morales' testimony into question. Defense attorneys said Monday they would likely file that request with D.C. Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher within 45 days of the next hearing in the case, which is set for Sept. 26.

Levy's 2001 disappearance became international news after she was romantically linked with then-US Rep. Gary Condit of California. He was questioned about her disappearance, but police no longer believe he was involved. The 24-year-old Levy's body was found in Washington's Rock Creek Park in 2002, and Guandique, who had previously been convicted of attacking women in the park, was ultimately charged.

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