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Wisconsin judge’s sealing of records raises concerns

From SFGate:  BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. — A Jackson County judge who sealed the identities of defendants in three criminal cases defended the move as an effort to protect the innocent, but open-records advocates blasted the action as a violation of the public's right to know.

Two of the cases were felony cases from 2008 and the third is a misdemeanor from this year. While names can be sealed in sexual-abuse and similar cases, none of those exemptions applies in these circumstances, the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported (