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Ex-Walker aide loses bid to keep emails secret

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin appeals court judge has rejected a request from a former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker to keep her emails private.

Kelly Rindfleisch had asked the court to keep her correspondence secret while she sought to have her conviction overturned.

Rindfleisch was sentenced in 2012 to six months in jail after pleading guilty to doing campaign work on county time. Rindfleisch worked for Walker while he was the Milwaukee County executive.

Appeals Judge Patricia Curley denied Rindfleisch’s request Tuesday but said documents containing private information, such as medical information, could be kept secret.

Rindfleisch has 30 days to request that specific documents remain sealed.

Her defense attorney, Frank Gimbel, said the ruling imposes a heavy burden on Rindfleisch. He said he’s reviewing whether he can appeal the decision.

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