Friday, November 29, 2013

11-30-13 assembly leader backs online court records limits

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The top lawmaker in the Wisconsin Assembly says he favors limiting access to some information in the state's online court records system.  Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says that he thinks cases in which people were acquitted should be removed from the database. The Rochester Republican says legislation is in the works to do that.  Another bill with Republican and Democratic support would remove money judgments from the database eight years after they are paid.  Other bills include Democratic proposals to limit the public's access to information about criminal and civil cases until allegations were proven in court and to expunge information about crimes such as prostitution if the defendants are minors and victims of human trafficking. Those bills' prospects in the Republican-controlled legislature are uncertain.

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