Milwaukee journalist arrested after photographing squad cars at police lot

A Milwaukee journalist working on a story about police response times was arrested over the weekend after taking photographs of squad cars in a Milwaukee Police Department parking lot. Edgar Mendez, a reporter with the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, was issued a $181 ticket for trespassing — but only after being handcuffed, fingerprinted and questioned at the police station at…


WI: State agency violates records law

A Dane County judge on Monday ruled a state commission violated the open records law last year when it refused to quickly turn over information about a union election.

“I just find that (this case) is a violation of the open records law. I do believe it is appropriate for this court to enter a declaration to that effect,” Dane County Circuit Judge Peter Anderson said.



Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee argue public records law case at Supreme Court

From Journal Sentinel Online:

Who should bear the cost of censoring Milwaukee police reports requested by the media under Wisconsin's public records law?

Lawyers for the city and the Journal Sentinel argued both sides of that question Tuesday before the state Supreme Court, whose decision on the matter could have a significant impact on government accountability reporting.