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Former Sauk Co. Sheriff wins appeal on public records request by board member

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin appeals court has sided with a Sauk County sheriff who denied the open-records request of a county board member. The court ruled Thursday in favor of then-Sheriff Randy Stammen. He had denied Thomas Kriegl's request for information relating to inmates on work release.

Kriegl had asked for reports and data, but Stammen said there were no specific documents that contained the requested content. The sheriff said someone would have to dig through 100,000 pages of documents to track down the information.

A circuit court sided with Stammen, though it didn't give a reason for denying his request to have Kriegl pay his attorneys' fees. The appeals court ordered the circuit court to reconsider that part of the decision.

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