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Secrecy ordered in case of AZ legislator Arredondo

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PHOENIX (AP) -

A federal judge is ordering that some pretrial information that prosecutors will provide lawyers for an Arizona legislator be kept secret.

Magistrate Lawrence Anderson granted a revised request by prosecutors for confidentiality of so-called discovery information to be provided to lawyers for Rep. Ben Arredondo.

Arredondo is accused of soliciting and accepting sports and event tickets from FBI undercover agents and of disclosing confidential information while a Tempe City Council member. He has pleaded not guilty.

Anderson's order covers material about other investigations, sources of information and personal information such as financial records.

Prosecutors said disclosing the information could jeopardize other undisclosed investigations and invade the privacy of certain individuals.

Anderson denied prosecutors' initial request, calling it too broad because it would have covered all information provided to Arredondo's lawyers.

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