SALT LAKE CITY — Utah journalists are opposing a motion to close a court hearing on the guardianship of incapacitated former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott.

Several media organizations filed a motion together to prevent the 3rd District Court hearing from closing Wednesday.

The motion cites questions about the impact of Ott’s condition on his elected office. A lawyer for the family previously declined to discuss his medical condition, but court documents say he has “mental incapacity that is not temporary in nature.”

Ott’s appointed attorney Dara Cohen tells the Deseret News that she filed the motion to close the hearing because “private matters will be discussed.”

Ott’s family and his girlfriend Karmen Sanone are embroiled in a legal battle over guardianship of the 66-year-old.

Ott resigned from office last month.

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