Tensions soar in Wisconsin over public records

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday fought over open-records laws covering unsubstantiated misconduct allegations against public servants.

The case at hand stems from requests by The Lakeland Times newspaper for state records on its communications with Vilas County District Attorney Albert Moustakis and its investigations into his conduct.

With the state Department of Justice poised to release redacted records in 2014, Moustakis sought relief from the courts, claiming the records concerned an investigation into a former political rival's repeated allegations against him, none of which involved on-duty misconduct. Continue…