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Motion Seeks to Unseal Spears Documents

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A court commissioner said Tuesday he would consider a motion by a magazine and a TV station to unseal documents in the Britney Spears-Kevin Federline divorce case.

"They're appropriate participants in here," Superior Court Commissioner Scott M. Gordon said of the request by People magazine and KNBC, on behalf of the celebrity news show "Access Hollywood."

Spears and Federline weren't present for the hearing. Gordon scheduled another hearing for Sept. 14 to give their attorneys time to make their case for keeping the documents under seal. Spears' divorce from Federline became official July 30.

After the hearing, Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said the documents contain information about the schedules of the couple's children and other details that could put them in jeopardy.

"It would be best for the children that they not be exposed," Kaplan said.

He gave no specific examples of threats to the children.

Spears attorney Laura Wasser did not address reporters at the courthouse and did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Lawyer Alonzo Wickers, who represents KNBC and People magazine, said in an interview that attorneys for the former couple have not been able to prove that their concerns outweigh the public's right of access to court records.

"Celebrities have to meet the same high burden to justify the sealing of court records" as other people, he said.

Since February, Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, have shared joint custody of their sons, 22-month-old Sean Preston and 10-month-old Jayden James.

Kaplan said Federline is seeking additional custody because the two boys are "isolated from risks" when they are with his client. He declined to elaborate.

A hearing on the custody modification request is set for Sept. 17.

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