(3/15/12) A state appeals court says the La Crosse Tribune is not entitled to most records in the release of convicted murderer Bryan Stanley from a mental ward.
Stanley spent 24 years at the state’s Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, after he was found to be insane when he killed three people at a church in Onalaska in 1985. He was sent back to Mendota this week for violating the conditions of his release. But before then, the La Crosse paper wanted to know exactly when Stanley was released, where he was living, and the types of monitoring he underwent while away from Mendota. But a La Crosse County judge said the paper could not have the information, citing mental health laws. Today, the Fourth District Appellate Court in Madison said the Tribune could only get Stanley’s original placement order – and the contents are not known.