Judge denies media request to unseal files on Saints owner

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By JIM MUSTIAN, the Associated Press

A judge has denied a request by news organizations including The Associated Press to unseal court records involving the mental competency of billionaire Tom Benson when he rewrote his will to give his third wife ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports franchises. Judge Kern Reese ruled Wednesday that Benson’s privacy rights didn’t change with his 2018 death. The news outlets argued interest in the 2015 case has been heightened by revelations this year that Saints executives engaged in a behind-the-scenes public relations campaign to help the area’s Roman Catholic archdiocese contain fallout from a clergy abuse crisis.

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