Judge denies motion to force UI to show cause

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PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — The University of Illinois won a court ruling when the judge in Brendt Christensen’s murder trial denied the motion the school provide cause as to why it should not be held in contempt of court.

In early June, Christensen’s defense team filed a lawsuit against two social workers from the UI’s Counseling Center. The suit claimed the counselors didn’t report Christensen’s potential to become homicidal.

In a separate matter, the defense tried to make the UI submit documentation of Christensen’s time with the center including any written communication, notes, documents or other recordings involving assessments of the defendant as evidence.

The defense claimed the university didn’t provide the information so it demanded the university explain why it should not be held in contempt for failing to provide those files. Thursday morning, the judge denied the motion.

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