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Wis. court: Closing sex trial to minors OK


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state appeals court has ruled a Milwaukee judge properly closed a sexual assault trial to minors.

A jury convicted Ronald Carpenter of kidnapping, false imprisonment and multiple counts of sexual assault in 2008. Carpenter argues on appeal that Judge Daniel Konkel denied him a public trial when the judge posted a sign on the courtroom door barring minors from entering.

The judge posted the sign during a break in the victim's testimony. He said he felt the testimony was too graphic for children, pointing to a state law that prohibits exposing children to harmful descriptions.

The 1st District Court of Appeals ruled the closure was narrowly defined and the public at large was still allowed access.

Carpenter's attorney didn't immediately return a message.

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