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Judge: Cook's black notebook with lists of women's names to be suppressed from evidence

MADISON, Wis. - A Dane County judge granted a motion to suppress former UW-Madison student Alec Cook's notebook  from evidence, according to court documents. 

Cook, 21, is facing more than 20 charges, including felony sexual assault and strangulation, in connection with incidents between September 2014 and October 2016. 

Cook and his attorneys, Christopher Van Wagner and Jessa Nicholson, asked a judge to prohibit a notebook found in his apartment from being used as evidence. The book allegedly lists names of women and what he wanted to do to them.

The detective who searched Cook's home in October described the way in which the rigid, leather-bound journal was discovered while searching for other items outlined in a consent form, which was reviewed with Cook's attorneys and signed.

The prosecutor argued the discovery of what was written in the journal was not within the guidelines of the search. Nicholson said the defense argued that the nature of the search didn't reasonably include a search of the diary. 


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