Judge Releases Records of Rockefeller's Divorce

Prosecutors will use them before grand jury
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2008 6:12 PM CDT
Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, center, aka Clark Rockefeller, appears in municipal court for a pre-trial hearing in Boston Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Boston judge has agreed to let prosecutors look at the divorce and separation records of the man who calls himself Clark Rockefeller, the Globe reports. They won't make the records public but will use them to try to persuade a grand jury to indict Rockefeller—alleged to be German con man Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter—on charges of kidnapping his young daughter in July.

Rockefeller's attorney fought the release, calling it a "fishing expedition" by the DA into personal matters unrelated to the case. "He doesn't really need all this other information," he said. Rockefeller, 47, also is considered a "person of interest" in the 1985 disappearance of California newlyweds.