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Wisconsin Supreme Court considers open records case


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court is considering whether some common public records like traffic accident reports and tickets should be off-limits to journalists in a case that could affect long-standing state law.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that stories such as former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager's 2004 drunken driving arrest, or other violations involving prominent drivers, might not be reported without access to names and addresses in such records.

The Supreme Court on Friday heard a lawsuit by the New Richmond News, which sued the City of New Richmond because police routinely blacked out names other information from reports the paper requested.

At issue is whether the federal Drivers Privacy Protection Act trumps Wisconsin's open records law. Last year a St. Croix County judge ruled in favor of the newspaper.

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