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Judge says ATP documents belong with grand jury

HELENA (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that the state properly gave a federal grand jury documents dealing with a secretive conservative group.

The ruling comes in a case surrounding the disputed files connected to American Tradition Partnership.

ATP and a conservative consultant who they belonged to have been seeking their return, arguing that the documents were stolen in Denver in 2010 before someone sent them to the Montana commissioner of political practices.

State District Judge Nels Swandal sided with the group in December and ordered them placed in the lower court's custody.



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