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Couple wins legal fight against noisy neighbors

MADISON (AP) -- A state appeals court has reversed a ruling against a West Allis couple found guilty of invading the privacy of their neighbors after they tape recorded them.

The 1st District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that there was no competent evidence to support the guilty verdict against Andrea Burns and James Barr.

Burns and Barr had complained to West Allis police about their neighbors Barry and Karen Poston and recorded them to provide evidence of their alleged noisy and disruptive behavior.

That led the Postons to sue for invasion of privacy. The Milwaukee County circuit court ruled in their favor, but the appeals court says the jury was wrongly allowed to assume that a sophisticated recording device had been used since there was no evidence to support that.

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