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Judge holds alderwoman in contempt in open-records case

MADISON (AP) — A Racine County judge is holding a Racine alderwoman in contempt of court for violating a secrecy order and speaking to media outlets about his decision to seal her open-records lawsuit.

Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, said in an email on Thursday to media outlets and other contacts across Wisconsin that Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz had found Sandy Weidner in contempt on Wednesday for speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Associated Press.

Weider sued in December to obtain copies of emails that Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney alleged violated attorney-client privilege. Gasiorkiewicz took the unusual step of sealing the case in February and ruling, in April, that some of the emails were confidential and others were not. Weidner has appealed; that proceeding is sealed as well.

Lueders called Gasiorkiewicz’s decision “misguided.”

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