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Judge grants media groups' request for hearing on closed proceedings in Chandra Levy case

Chandra Levy Memorial Service

May 28, 2002: Photographs of Chandra Levy are on display as musicians, right, stand by at the memorial service for Levy at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, Calif. More than nine years after the Washington, D.C., intern's disappearance became a mystery that garnered national attention, the murder trial returns after a six-day hiatus.AP

A Washington judge has granted several media organizations' request for a hearing to discuss access to transcripts and documents related to recent secret proceedings in the 2001 Chandra Levy case.

Judge Gerald Fisher on Monday scheduled a hearing Wednesday on the issue brought by media organizations, including The Associated Press.

Fisher has held two recent hearings in the case and barred the public and press from hearing the majority of both proceedings. Fisher said he sealed a portion of the first hearing because of "safety issues." The media also want to attend another hearing scheduled for Thursday and future hearings.

A Salvadoran man, Ingmar Guandique, was convicted of killing Levy in 2010. He is serving a 60-year prison sentence.

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