A Wisconsin state appeals court on Thursday released thousands of emails and other previously sealed documents collected during a criminal investigation into a former aide to Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
The Associated Press and other media organizations pressed for them to be made public.
The documents include 27,000 pages of emails Kelly Rindfleisch sent while working for Walker as his deputy chief of staff when he was Milwaukee County executive in 2010. Rindfleisch was convicted in 2012 of misconduct in office, a felony, for doing campaign work for Republican lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis on government time. She was sentenced to six months in jail and three years of probation.
Rindfleisch is appealing her conviction, arguing that the scope of the search warrants used against her were so broad that her Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches was violated.
Many of the documents released Wednesday, which were expected to show communication between Rindfleisch and Walker and his campaign team, were added last year at the request of the Wisconsin Department of Justice so it could argue that the scope of the search warrants in the case was appropriate.
Rindfleisch was one of six people convicted following a secret John Doe investigation into former aides and associates of Walker's when he was Milwaukee County executive before being elected governor in 2010.
Besides AP, other media groups that intervened in the case to get the records released were the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
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