Wis. judge: Lawmaker properly redacted emails

A judge says a Democratic state senator properly redacted identifying information from emails he received during the run-up to passing Gov. Scott Walker’s polarizing collective bargaining law before releasing them.

The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy asked Sen. Jon Erpenbach’s office for emails received during the bitter debate over the law, which stripped most public workers of their union rights. Erpenbach turned over the records but redacted information identifying the senders, citing their right to confidentiality and the need to protect them from retaliation.

Grant County Circuit Judge Robert Vandehey on Friday refused to grant the institute’s request to force Erpenbach to release the identifying information. The judge said Erpenbach was within his rights to consider retaliation.

MacIver attorney Richard Esenberg says he disagrees with the ruling.