Dilemma after Racine mayor's confidential settlement
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Racine's mayor is facing a quandary after he reached a confidential settlement in a slander case brought against him by a former employee.
The terms of the settlement haven't been released, and a confidentiality clause prevents either side from revealing the terms. However, because taxpayers may have been liable for the settlement, The Journal Times of Racine (http://bit.ly/MTFuHZ ) is arguing the mayor's office has to release the terms under the state's Public Records Law.
The city paid $100,000 to defend Mayor John Dickert. Former city employee William Bielefeldt had accused Dickert of slandering him in radio comments the mayor made while campaigning for re-election.
Dickert and the city have filed a lawsuit asking a judge whether they can release the files without being punished for violating the confidentiality clause.
Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com