DOJ provides Lakeland Times with names of disciplined employees

MADISON – Following a lengthy legal battle between The Lakeland Times and the state Department of Justice, the agency has released the names of all but two of the 19 disciplined employees sought by the newspaper.

The department is awaiting the expiration of Woznicki deadlines before releasing the final two names, the newspaper reported.

Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn in November ordered DOJ to release the records, stating many of the department’s reasons for redacting information had already been addressed by higher courts. The newspaper sued for access in 2017.

In addition to being ordered to provide the records, DOJ was also ordered to pay The Lakeland Timeslegal fees of $10,000.

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