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Appeals court judge says ex-Walker aide can't keep evidence secret

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A state appeals court judge says a former Milwaukee County Walker aide cannot keep evidence of her crimes secret, while she appeals her conviction.

45-year-old Kelly Rindfleisch pleaded guilty in 2012 to doing campaign work for Republicans on taxpayer time while working for Governor Scott Walker while he was the Milwaukee County executive.

She was sentenced to six months in jail, but she's appealing -- and she wanted her e-mails that were dug up during the investigation to be kept under wraps.

Appellate Judge Patricia Curley said Tuesday that only a limited number of Rindfleisch's personal data can be kept secret -- things like Social Security numbers and medical information. She said other data is routinely released in other people's cases -- and Curley said Rindfleisch had no right to hide evidence just because she doesn't want it to be made public.

Rindfleisch was given 30 days to review the documents, and ask that specific personal items be kept secret. Her attorney, Franklyn Gimbel, said it's a heavy burden for his client -- and he's considering an appeal of the order to the State Supreme Court.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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