Alabama media outlets seek to open governor’s divorce case

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Dianne and Robert Bentley

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP)–  Media outlets are asking a judge in Tuscaloosa to unseal the divorce case of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and first lady Dianne Bentley.

A motion filed Monday by a group of Alabama television stations and newspapers says the case was sealed last month following a hurried hearing held without notice to the public.

The motion says the divorce is newsworthy and a fair subject for reporting by the media. It says allowing the case to remain closed promotes the spread of rumors.

Attorneys for the governor and first lady didn’t immediately respond messages seeking comment on the request. The case was initially sealed because of a joint request made by the Bentleys.

Dianne Bentley filed for divorce last month, saying the couple’s 50-year marriage had suffered an irretrievable breakdown.

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