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Monday, October 05, 2009

Wisconsin Legislator Wants to Limit Access to State Court Records

Wisconsin Rep. Marlin Schneider wants to restrict access to information in Wisconsin's online court records because employers use the site to screen potential employees and neighbors check out neighbors online.   He proposes to show only information for criminal convictions or civil judgments, and requiring the public to pay $10 annually and register with the state courts director to use the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access site.  Judges, police, attorneys and reporters could still use the site for free, though the state courts director would track each visitor's searches.

Needless to say FOI advocates say Schneider's proposal goes too far. 

Check it out.

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