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Wis. court: Government can't charge for redactions

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MADISON (AP) -

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn says a state Supreme Court finding that government entities can't charge record requesters for time spent redacting information shifts the cost to taxpayers.

The court's decision Wednesday settles a dispute between Flynn's department and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. The paper sued the department after the agency demanded about $4,000 to cover staff time spent on redactions.

Flynn issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying his agency will comply with the ruling. He noted the Journal Sentinel has asked for 61,000 reports in recent days and taxpayers will have to cover the agency's time spent on redactions.

Journal-Sentinel projects editor Greg Borowski says the newspaper simply wants an electronic database, not 61,000 pieces of paper.

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