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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Wisconsin Court Orders Records Released...

Police in Milwaukee must release reports detailing why a man was taken into emergency custody, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Milwaukee attorney Michael Watton had asked police for all records concerning Sidney Kente Gray. Watton wants the records to bolster a federal lawsuit that alleges city and county officials wrongly released Gray from treatment a day before he killed a man.

Police Chief Nanette Hegerty withheld reports detailing why officers took Gray to a mental health facility in the month before the slaying. She said she didn't want to violate Gray's privacy.

But the First District Court of Appeals ruled Gray's mental state already was public knowledge.

"Watton is damaged by MPD's failure to disclose public information in the same manner that any member of the public, or of the media, is damaged when the policy of open records is improperly thwarted," the appeals court said in its ruling.

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