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State supreme Court to rule in Rapids email privacy case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to rule Friday in a case that could subject private e-mails sent by public employees to the state's open records law.

The case involves a request from a citizen for private e-mails sent by five teachers on their work computers in the Wisconsin Rapids School District.

The employees did not object to releasing work e-mails but filed a lawsuit to keep their personal messages private. A judge ordered the e-mails made public, but the teachers appealed.

The state appeals court sent the case directly to the Supreme Court, which was to issue its ruling on the case Friday.

The ruling could affect all public employees, not just the five school teachers named in the lawsuit.

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