Prosecutors want evidence in lane-closure trial kept private

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Government prosecutors want evidence in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial to remain private.

The U.S. attorney's office in Newark, New Jersey, filed an order Tuesday seeking to keep evidence it has gathered and must share with defense lawyers under a protective order.

Defense attorneys could view the evidence but would be barred from releasing it publicly. If they wanted to make any of it public so they could file a motion, they would have to give the government a chance to object.

The evidence includes about 1.5 million pages of documents, including emails and text messages. The government says disclosing them publicly would reveal personal information about people who weren't charged.

Two former allies of Republican Gov. Chris Christie face charges in the case. Christie wasn't implicated.