NH newspaper seeks to unseal senator's arrest records

Sen. Jeff Woodburn

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) A New Hampshire newspaper has filed a motion to unseal court documents related to domestic violence allegations against Democratic State Sen. Jeff Woodburn.

The Caledonian Record reports a hearing on the motion filed by the Berlin Sun was closed to the public and the press Monday.

Managing editor of the newspaper Barbara Tetreault argues court records are presumed public as defined by the Constitution and state Supreme Court precedent.

The Attorney General's office says the records should remain sealed to protect the integrity of the case.

Woodburn is accused of striking and biting a woman, and kicking in the door of her home. He has pleaded not guilty to assault and domestic violence charges.

Woodburn says he will make a statement after the primary election Tuesday.

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