Rul­ing shields jail’s records on sus­pects

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

MIL­WAU­KEE — Mil­wau­kee’s sheriff does not have to re­lease in­for­ma­tion on peo­ple at his jail sus­pected of be­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally be­cause the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pro­hibits it, the Wis­con­sin Supreme Court ruled Fri­day.

The 4-2 de­ci­sion from the court’s con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity re­verses lower-court de­ci­sions that or­dered Mil­wau­kee County Sheriff David Clarke to dis­close the in­for­ma­tion un­der the state’s open-records law.

In its rul­ing, the Wis­con­sin Supreme Court said a fed­eral reg­u­la­tion makes the jail records that an im­mi­gra­tion ad­vo­cacy group seeks ex­empt from dis­clo­sure.

Mil­wau­kee-based Vo­ces de La Fron­tera in Fe­bru­ary 2015 filed the re­quest for records iden­ti­fy­ing whom the sheriff had held at the re­quest of im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties for the pre­vi­ous two months. The group said it wanted to know whom the sheriff was de­tain­ing and whether they had crim­i­nal records to meet the nar­rower guide­lines for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama pre­vi­ously set for de­por­ta­tion.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear whether the group would ap­peal.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.