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The surviving Star Tribune reporter who reported the disappearance of a local TV reporter is asking a federal judge to overturn a decision to hold her in custody pending a hearing on whether she can be extradited.
The judge ruled Monday that the state’s case against reporter Jill Karpowitz, who disappeared while covering a news conference at the State Capitol, is moot, a decision that could have huge implications for reporters in the region.
The ruling is a setback for the state of Washington and the state attorney general’s office, which argued that Karpovsky could not be extradite because she has been detained in an American detention facility in Cuba.
The state’s attorney general argued in court Monday that Karsowitz was “under an unlawful and unjustified” travel ban.
Karpowitz is being held in a state facility in Havana, Cuba, which is home to U.S. citizens.
It has been more than a year since Karsowks was last seen by her husband.
The couple, who are both in their 50s, have been missing since February.
Karsowitz filed for a protective order in February after she said she was afraid for her life and had been receiving death threats.
The order, which was granted, prohibits her from contacting her family or friends outside Cuba, from communicating with anyone in the U.K., or from attending events outside Cuba.
She also was barred from using the Internet or social media.
The U. S. has asked for a stay of the order, but a judge on Monday said she could not grant it because it would violate her constitutional rights.
“There is no lawful basis for holding this individual in the custody of a foreign power,” U. Karsowski said in court.
“It would be a serious violation of the First Amendment.
The only legitimate justification for this detention would be to protect U.N. personnel who are working with Karsows family in Cuba.”
The Star Tribune filed a lawsuit last month against Karsowait and her husband, the Star Tribune Co-owner John Karpowsk.
The newspaper said Karsowsky has been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2014, when she was arrested for “obstructing justice” in connection with a criminal investigation into her husband’s involvement in a local newsroom.
John Karpowski and his wife, Jill, were arrested by federal agents at the home of their business partner, the News Journal, after a public-access television station in the city of Kingston, Jamaica, showed footage of them taking money from the company’s payroll to pay for travel.
In the U-turn, the newspaper has said, Karskowski and her family were held in Cuba until at least May, when the state revoked the stay of their protective order.
The Star Tribune said the arrest of Karsoway was the first since her disappearance.
Karowks attorney, Michael C. Lassiter, said the Star Reporter’s family and attorney have requested an appeal.
“This is an extraordinarily unfortunate and unfortunate decision for the public, for Jill and for the entire Karpowks family,” Lassit said.
“We believe this court should hear the appeal and send a message that Jill’s family, their friends and her attorneys will not be silenced by the government’s outrageous and unfounded claims that she is a threat to national security,” he said.
The decision is a victory for the State of Washington, which has filed a petition with the United Nations seeking an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss the matter.
The State Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that the order would not impede the state from pursuing its investigation.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, the reporter’s husband, John Karsowe, said he is confident that his wife is still alive.
He said that when he called Karsovs cellphone on Saturday, he was surprised when the phone rang and said he did not know if his wife was still alive, as he thought she was.
Kersowks lawyer, John Lassitor, said his client has not been in touch with her family since her arrest.
“I know she is at the prison, she has not spoken to her family,” he told AP.
“We’re confident that she will be released from jail as soon as possible.
We’re very hopeful.”
The State Attorney’s Office has said it plans to appeal the ruling to the U., U. N. or the International Criminal Court.
The state’s decision was announced in a news release on Monday.
The Associated Press and The Associated World News Service contributed to this report.