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News media win lawsuit seeking records of sexual harassment complaints against lawmaker

Former state Rep. Staush Gruszynski
Former state Rep. Staush Gruszynski(NBC15)
Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 3:25 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Associated Press and three other Wisconsin media outlets have won a lawsuit seeking records related to sexual harassment allegations against a former legislator.

The outlets sued in March 2020 after then-Assembly Chief Clerk Pat Fuller refused their request for records related to a sexual harassment complaint against then-state Rep. Staush Gruszynski, who represented Green Bay in 2019.

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Dane County Circuit Judge Juan B. Colas ruled Wednesday that Assembly leaders must release unredacted versions of the documents within five days. Assembly leaders could ask a state appeals court to stay the decision pending review.

The current Assembly chief clerk and a spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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