- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker lost her bid Tuesday to shield a host of emails uncovered during a secret investigation, meaning most of her correspondence will likely be made public within about 30 days.

Kelly Rindfleisch, 45, was sentenced in 2012 to six months in jail after pleading guilty to doing campaign work on county time. Rindfleisch worked for Walker while he was the Milwaukee County executive.

Rindfleisch had asked the court to keep her emails secret while she sought to have her conviction overturned. The Associated Press and other media organizations objected, arguing the public had a right to see the documents.

In a three-page ruling, Appeals Judge Patricia Curley denied Rindfleisch’s request but gave her 30 days to request that specific documents containing private information, such as medical information, be kept secret.

Rindfleisch’s defense attorney, Franklyn Gimbel, said he was reviewing whether the decision could be appealed.

“I am disappointed by this order,” he said. “I think it imposes a very heavy burden on my client to do a lot of grunt work.”



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