Media companies seek to intervene in ‘John Doe’ case

From The Chippewa Herald: A group of media outlets and organizations advocating for freedom of information filed a motion Tuesday in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals aimed at ensuring that records involving a former aide to Scott Walker are not kept secret.

The motion was filed in the criminal appeal of Kelly Rindfleisch, a former aide to Walker when he was the county executive of Milwaukee County. Rindfleisch, Walker’s former deputy chief of staff, pleaded guilty in November to one count of felony misconduct in public office and was sentenced to serve six months in jail for doing campaign work on county time.


Filing the motion to intervene Tuesday were publishers of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Associated Press, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

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The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is a member of NFOIC. –eds