No. 2006AP3092.

751 N.W.2d 369 (2008)

2008 WI 74

Michael J. WATTON d/b/a Watton Law Group, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Nanette H. HEGERTY Chief of Police and as official custodian of records for the City of Milwaukee Police Department, Respondent-Respondent-Petitioner.

Supreme Court of Wisconsin.

July 1, 2008.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

For the respondent-respondent-petitioner the cause was argued by Melanie R. Swank, Assistant City Attorney, with whom on the briefs was Grant F. Langley, City Attorney, Milwaukee.

For the petitioner-appellant there was a brief by Michael J. Watton, Michael J. Maloney, and Watton Law Group, Milwaukee, and oral argument by Michael J. Watton.

An amicus brief was filed by Maureen McGlynn Flanagan, Assistant Attorney General, and J.B. Van Hollen, attorney general, on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

An amicus brief was filed by James G. Godlewski, Neenah, on behalf of the Government Lawyers Division of the State Bar and International Municipal Lawyers Association, and oral argument by James G. Godlewski.


We review a decision of the court of appeals1 reversing a circuit court2 order denying Michael J. Watton's petition for a writ of mandamus. Watton filed a petition for a writ of mandamus to compel the production of statements of emergency detention3 kept by the City of Milwaukee Police Department. The issue presented is whether, upon an open...

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