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Court rules for disclosure of Wisconsin accident reports

A federal law protecting driver's license data does not allow Wisconsin police departments to withhold driver information from accident reports, the Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

But whether that law might require such redaction in other kinds of reports would depend on what function police are serving by releasing the records, and whether the information was obtained directly from department of motor vehicle records, or merely verified with that information.

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Arkansas Supreme Court: No redactions for accident reports

Accidents reports in Arkansas must be open to the public without the redaction of personal information, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

In a 5-2 decision, the court upheld a Pulaski County circuit judge's ruling that Little Rock lawyer Daniel Wren is entitled under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act to obtain unredacted accident reports from the Arkansas State Police.

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