Wisconsin assembly leader backs online court records limits

From San Francisco Chronicle: MILWAUKEE (AP) — The top lawmaker in the Wisconsin Assembly said he favors expunging unproven charges from the state’s online court records system but expressed reservations about another bill limiting access to pending cases.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he thinks cases in which people were acquitted should be removed from the Wisconsin Consolidated Courts Automation Programs, or CCAP. He said he doesn’t want baseless criminal charges or unresolved lawsuits to dog citizens for their whole lives. Legislation is in the works to address the matter, he said.


Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, expressed concern about limiting the information available there.

“All of this tinkering ignores the tremendous amount of work that has been done by the court system and court records system on this issue,” Lueders said.

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