Maine gubernatorial candidate Democrat Janet Mills speaks during a debate, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine court has tossed out an attempt by Democratic Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills’ to subpoena a newspaper’s video interview with a 19-year-old who pleaded guilty to murdering her parents.

Superior Court Justice Daniel Billings recently ruled that Mills’ office failed to seek court approval before serving the subpoena on the newspaper. Mills’ office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

The state subpoenaed broadcast and raw footage of 19-year-old Andrea Balcer. In the interview, Balcer said parents Alice and Antonio Balcer weren’t supportive of her transition from Andrew to Andrea Balcer.

Billings supported the Kennebec Journal’s motion to quash the subpoena.

Balcer is set to be sentenced Dec. 4 at the Capital Judicial Center. Balcer faces 25 to 55 years.

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