KENOSHA — The PowerPoint presentation that initiated the open records case between former Alderman Sandy Weidner and the City of Racine has been sealed from the general public and even from Weidner
At a hearing last month, attorney Michael Cohen, representing the city, told Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Chad G. Kerkman that he would like to present the PowerPoint to the court at a future hearing but wanted it designated for "Attorneys' Eyes Only." That means the judge, attorneys and their staff have access to the PowerPoint, but not Weidner.
Weidner's attorney, Mark Hinkston, argued that such a designation would hinder Weidner's ability to participate in her defense. Cohen argued that after Weidner's contempt conviction, which was due to her speaking with the news media about her case, she could not be trusted with access to sealed documents.
Kerkman was assigned the case after three Racine County judges were assigned and then removed from the case. First, Weidner objected to Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz presiding over the case. Then attorneys for the city objected to Judge Michael Piontek being assigned. And finally, Judge Maureen Martinez recused herself because she "knows or has familiarity with the parties."
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