A federal judge has ordered the release of a document that would reveal those who spoke to ex-Sen. Shirley Huntley while she wore a wire, but prosecutors say eight of the nine people remain under criminal investigation and shouldn’t be outed.
U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein on Tuesday said a sentencing memo containing the names of the recorded would be unsealed at 2 p.m. Wednesday unless the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s office appeals the decision and receives an extended stay.
Reporters from The Associated Press, the Daily News, Reuters, Bloomberg News and Newsday wrote a letter to Weinstein asking for the document to be released, arguing that it wouldn’t impact any ongoing investigations because the subjects now know they were recorded.
But the U.S. Attorney’s office said eight people who spoke to Huntley are under investigation and releasing their names could compromise the probes. That means either six or seven elected officials are under probe; Seven of the nine who were secretly recorded by Huntley were elected to their office, including one sitting state senator, according to a prosecutor’s memo filed Friday.
“The defendant recorded meetings with eight individuals who remain under investigation and have not been publicly identified,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Spector, Paul Tuchmann and Alexander Soloman wrote to Weinstein on Tuesday.
Huntley, who pleaded guilty to felony charges earlier this year for her role in a corruption scheme and a subsequent coverup, faces up to two years in prison and is due for sentencing Thursday. She was voted out of office last year.
Below, you can read the prosecutor’s letter to the judge. You can see the judge’s decision here.