Documents released in Racine open records case

From mconnors on Morguefile

A judge this week unsealed most of the records related to an open records case in Racine County.

The case involves Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney and Racine Alderperson Sandy Weidner. Last August, the city attorney sought an ethics violation sanction against the alderperson for sharing allegedly confidential communications from his office with constituents. Weidner went to court to release the documents.

When the open records suit came before Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz, he took the unusual step of sealing the entire case, including his decision.

The Court of Appeals in December ruled that the news media should be involved in future hearings regarding what records should be kept private. An attorney representing the news media participated in a hearing in which many records were reviewed.

The documents that were marked for release were unsealed this week.

You can read more here about this most recent development.