|Published:||Nov 30, 2012 2:18 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 30, 2012 2:18 PM EST|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The identity of a person who wants to keep investigative reports from being released in the criminal trial of a former Republican Party of Florida chair will be kept secret.
A state appellate court ruled Friday that the documents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement should remain confidential.
The decision by the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach reverses an order issued by a state judge in Orlando.
The mystery person claims statements in the documents are defamatory.
The Associated Press filed a motion opposing efforts to seal the documents.
Some of the most prominent Florida Republicans are named as witnesses for Jim Greer's trial on charges that he funneled GOP money to his company. Greer is pleading not guilty.
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