Federal judge halts John Doe probe in Wisconsin

posted at 9:21 am on May 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Secret subpoenas. Police raids on consultants holding records of political groups. Suspects kept from contacting attorneys. Federal judge Rudolph Randa brought all this to a screeching halt in Wisconsin yesterday with a sweeping order ending the “John Doe” probe into the recall election of Governor Scott Walker. “This cannot square with the First Amendment.” Randa said of the investigation, and perhaps a few other clauses in the US Constitution as well:

A federal judge ordered a halt to the controversial John Doe investigation into campaign spending and fundraising by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and other conservative groups during the high-profile recall elections.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa issued the 26-page decision late Tuesday, calling on prosecutors to immediately stop the long-running, five-county probe into possible illegal coordination among the various groups during 2011 and 2012.

“The Defendants must cease all activities related to the investigation, return all property seized in the investigation from any individual or organization, and permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation,” Randa wrote.

“Plaintiffs and others are herby relieved of any and every duty under Wisconsin law to cooperate further with Defendants’ investigation,” he wrote.

Randa revealed some aspects of the investigation in his order that had remained secret. One might wonder how the prosecutors in this case could have defended these tactics at all:

“Sheriff deputy vehicles used bright floodlights to illuminate the targets’ homes,” Randa wrote. “Deputies executed the search warrants, seizing business papers, computer equipment, phones, and other devices, while their targets were restrained under police supervision and denied the ability to contact their attorneys.

“Among the materials seized were many of the Club’s records that were in the possession of Ms. Jordahl and Mr. Johnson,” Randa continued. “The warrants indicate that they were executed at the request of (state Government Accountability Board) investigator Dean Nickel.”

Randa also wrote on the same day that O’Keefe and others with Wisconsin Club for Growth received subpoenas to turn over the club’s records from March 1, 2009, until the present. The subpoenas were subject to a secrecy order.

Secret subpoenas … in a public corruption probe? Two political consultants restrained from contacting their attorneys while search warrants were executed for mundane records? One would question these tactics in a national-security or RICO investigation involving potentially violent criminals. To call this overkill is an understatement.

This seriously smacks of a police state, or at least the attempt to create one, in order to intimidate political opponents. Randa agreed, ending the probe. He also issued a warning about campaign-finance regulations and the way they enable these very intrusions on constitutional freedoms (citations removed):

One of these rights is the First Amendment right to speak freely, which ―has its fullest and most urgent application precisely to the conduct of campaigns for political office. The First Amendment is ―[p]remised on mistrust of governmental power, and its vigorous use assures that government of the people remains so. When government attempts to regulate the exercise of this constitutional right, through campaign finance laws or otherwise, the danger always exists that the high purpose of campaign regulation and its enforcement may conceal self-interest, and those regulated by the Constitution in turn become the regulators. …

Conversely, issue advocacy, which is enabled by what we can call ―issue advocacy money, is not subject to these limitations because it is viewed only one way, and that is as protected First Amendment speech. This is not a recognition that quid pro quo corruption is the only source of corruption in our political system or that issue advocacy money could not be used for some corrupting purpose. Rather, the larger danger is giving government an expanded role in uprooting all forms of perceived corruption which may result in corruption of the First Amendment itself. It
is a recognition that maximizing First Amendment freedom is a better way to deal with political corruption than allowing the seemingly corruptible to do so. As other histories tell us, attempts to purify the public square lead to places like the Guillotine and the Gulag.

The prosecutors plan to appeal this decision, but it’s going to be a rather large lift to get an appeals court to support secret subpoenas and restraint from counsel on the basis of independent-expenditure rule enforcement. From the reporting and from the opinion, it doesn’t appear that Judge Randa will be amenable to a stay, although the appeals court might be. This looks for the moment like a clear win for political freedom, and a stop on political intimidation by the fading former Wisconsin establishment.

Update: They’re not fading without a fight. As I expected, the prosecutors filed an emergency application for a stay with the appellate court. They argue that the federal judge lacks jurisdiction over an elected state official, which may be news to federal appeals courts in dealing with First Amendment cases.


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WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

George Orwell stock slides fitty cents after the judge’s decision announced.

catsmeow on May 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Although, all this was done in secrecy, you would think that they wouldn’t appeal it since they obviously knew it was illegal. I don’t know what I will think if some courts overrules this judge.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Completely legal. Blatantly unconstitutional.

I hope this marks the end of these sweeping John Doe laws. Secret subpoenas. You’re accused of a crime and can’t even get an attorney. If you can’t get an attorney to represent you, how can you even file a challenge that the investigation violates your Constitutional rights?

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I don’t think so…he would have the full weight of Wisconsin’s and the US Supreme Court on his neck.

In the meanwhile, let’s all make sure it’s Walker for the win this Fall.

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

You think Holder cares about that? As a federale, he’s above the state Supreme Court, and he and his allies have bought off SCOTUS.

Further, the wheels of justice from the state Supreme Court turn as slowly as Screamin’ Shirley Abrahamson wants them to turn, as it took a posse of the conservative justices to get the ruling that let Act 10 go into effect out of her clutches.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 2:18 PM

OK I normally hate when I see other posters do this, but….

What? I am assuming, since this story came up on this site, Walker or his supporters are the targets of this secret investigation that was quashed (quite correctly, if the facts I have to derive are correct at least). I can only further assume that since the club for growth was mentioned, they were the supposed boogey men being hassled.

The reason I had to derive all this was that very little is made clear in the article as written. For someone who hadn’t heard anything about this investigation prior to reading this (like me), they would have little idea who the good guys and bad guys were. If they were also ignorant of the mission for the barely mentioned club for growth, it becomes even more opaque.

I’m not griping about the facts of the case, I think I have a handle on it, but I can only hope the links provided (I’m at work and can’t access them all) paint a clearer picture. I’m just saying that picture could have been made alot clearer in the article itself. Thanks for your future consideration to whiney seldom-commenters like me.

runawayyyy on May 7, 2014 at 2:18 PM

They argue that the federal judge lacks jurisdiction over an elected state official, which may be news to federal appeals courts in dealing with First Amendment cases.

When you’ve got nothing……try and baffle them with bullshit!

GarandFan on May 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

If you have elements of a police state in Wisconsin and Walker has failed to purge these elements after so many years as governor, then it makes me wonder if the guy would make an effective president. You need to make total war on these people and take no defensive posture.

Buddahpundit on May 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Walker has no authority to toss anybody from either the DA’s office or the Government “Accountability” Board, aka The Dead Hand of Doyle and Abrahamson, as it was created under the watchful eye of former DemocRAT governor Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/HoChunk-For Sale) and extremely-liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice Shirley Abrahamson controls the list of retired judges who can serve on the GAB).

What should have been done was the Legislature disband the GAB and bar its staffers (the real drivers of the entity) from employment in any successor.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

OK I normally hate when I see other posters do this, but….

What? I am assuming, since this story came up on this site, Walker or his supporters are the targets of this secret investigation that was quashed (quite correctly, if the facts I have to derive are correct at least). I can only further assume that since the club for growth was mentioned, they were the supposed boogey men being hassled.

The reason I had to derive all this was that very little is made clear in the article as written. For someone who hadn’t heard anything about this investigation prior to reading this (like me), they would have little idea who the good guys and bad guys were. If they were also ignorant of the mission for the barely mentioned club for growth, it becomes even more opaque.

I’m not griping about the facts of the case, I think I have a handle on it, but I can only hope the links provided (I’m at work and can’t access them all) paint a clearer picture. I’m just saying that picture could have been made alot clearer in the article itself. Thanks for your future consideration to whiney seldom-commenters like me.

runawayyyy on May 7, 2014 at 2:18 PM

They were hassling every conservative group.

As for catch-up, I highly recommend Wisconsin Reporter’s 51-part-and-counting series. After all, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the Presstitute Organ of the first attempt to use the John Doe process to sink Walker.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Its it not awesome raiding people who are being charged for campaign issues.

They raided like a drug bust.

Then they more or less treated these people like they were under arrest.
They gagged the people by not letting them defend themselves publicly, so the DA could smear who they wanted , and those “being investigated” could not do anything . They sent out letters to people who may donate saying that these people were being investigated, and that any activity might draw said potential donors into the web, scaring any kind of donations. The people being “investigated” could not respond to those claims, due to the gag order and getting tossed in jail.

Ug I got so much more on this but this case shows exactly what the Left will do in order to win. They effectively want to stamp out AND conservative group here in WI.

With that I ask the left for ONCE, think how they would feel if the tables were turned…of course, they would not like it. This is more about the over reach period, and either party should be concerned.

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM

As for catch-up, I highly recommend Wisconsin Reporter’s 51-part-and-counting series. After all, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the Presstitute Organ of the first attempt to use the John Doe process to sink Walker.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

The only source that could be half way decent is the Wall street journal. The dead tree Milwaukee Journal is nothing but a partisan hack newspaper. They Hate walker. They hate anything conservative…. Heck, they support Moore and that should tell you everything you need to know.

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

FEC chair warns that conservative media like Drudge Report and Sean Hannity face regulation

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Completely legal. Blatantly unconstitutional.

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I’m so confused.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

The only source that could be half way decent is the Wall street journal. The dead tree Milwaukee Journal is nothing but a partisan hack newspaper. They Hate walker. They hate anything conservative…. Heck, they support Moore and that should tell you everything you need to know.

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

The Wall Street Journal editorial page (headed by, I believe, Cheddarhead Paul Gigot) is also a good source, but much of their limited work is behind a paywall.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Thank goodness for the comments here. Otherwise, I could not understand this post, nor the articles. I had no idea what this was about. Thank you for clearing it up for me fellow commenters~

bridgetown on May 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Well thank goodness for small favors. John Doe suits were a new low for the fascist left.

petefrt on May 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I was reading a couple of those articles. This is really stunning. I’d be willing to be that Chisholm shared his knowledge with fellow Democrats. And like Ms. Lerner, this puts conservatives out of business because regular people don’t want to be the subject of this kind shenanigans. It seems to me that even if the lose on every level from now on, they have won. I guess there might be some backlash but probably not enough to make up the harm.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I’m not a lawyer, and I’m certainly not a judge but the Judge’s decision seems remarkable for it’s full throated support for violations of the spirit of the law.

Can anyone imagine a Judge saying, analogously, “the defendant found a loophole allowing him to kill another person and should be celebrated for their creative end run around the law!”

Not seeing that happen. But when it comes to the “dollars are somehow speech” fallacy all of a sudden defying the law is cool?

Tlaloc on May 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

I was reading a couple of those articles. This is really stunning. I’d be willing to be that Chisholm shared his knowledge with fellow Democrats. And like Ms. Lerner, this puts conservatives out of business because regular people don’t want to be the subject of this kind shenanigans. It seems to me that even if the lose on every level from now on, they have won. I guess there might be some backlash but probably not enough to make up the harm.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

That was their intent, just as it was Lerner and company’s intent.

I will just put this out there – many of Wisconsin’s most-infuential conservative blogs went dark over the past year for “personal” reasons.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

“Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All throughout history mankind has been bullied by scum.”

— P. J. O’Rourke, “Parliament Of Whores” (1992)

Gearbox on May 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The police will shortly have to make a decision what side of the aisle they wish to be on.

The shooting is coming – and there aren’t enough of them to fully do the bidding of the leftist thugs.

When you cannot breathe but to violate the law, the law has no authority. When the law has no authority, the government no longer has a monopoly on legal violence.

Oh – and by the way leftists – many of your armed bureacrats in the end will side with us, because they live next to us. And we have very long memories, and must assume they would prefer a long life. Your 100 year reign of corruption and violence and death is coming to an end. When you won’t allow the ballot box to settle our disputes, that leaves but one method. And your voter base isn’t up for that.

Zomcon JEM on May 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

By the way US States -

you can act as a balance against this by merely refusing to abide by federal statutes which clearly violate your understanding of the 10th Amendment and demand your authority back.

Yes it appears Gov Wlaker has a little more work to do. This accountability board needs to be democratically eliminated.

Zomcon JEM on May 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Lerner did the same thing when she was at the FEC with the Moral Majority. She tied them and their funds up for years with a lawsuit that was thrown out. This is so obvious a pattern that there should be some kind of legal recourse. Instead we wait for a Congress that, as I’ve noted before, takes several years to scratch their collective asses.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Lerner did the same thing when she was at the FEC with the Moral Majority. She tied them and their funds up for years with a lawsuit that was thrown out. This is so obvious a pattern that there should be some kind of legal recourse. Instead we wait for a Congress that, as I’ve noted before, takes several years to scratch their collective asses.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

And our side of the political aisle prefers Dingy Harry to Sharron Angle.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I really should have put “our” in scare quotes. They are, after all, the minority half of the bipartisan Party-In-Government.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Well that’s because of the crazy Tea Party with their even crazier “Trucons”, of course Harry Reid must stay.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Tlaloc on May 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

You really aren’t familar with the fact that terms such as the Supremacy Clause and incorpration also apply against your side, are you?

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Althouse has linked to the story, but no editorial from her. Bummer – I always like to hear her opinion (as well as the ones here).

Daisy_WI on May 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

But when it comes to the “dollars are somehow speech” fallacy all of a sudden defying the law is cool? Tlaloc on May 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

What law?

Dollars are property, and I can do with my property what pleases me. Using one’s property to advance an idea is as American and constitutional as anything else I can imagine.

On what basis should one be limited or denied the right to spend his money to advance a cause, that couldn’t also be used to deny him the right to give his money to a church?

“Oh we think you’ve given enough money to your church. $XXX.XX a year is plenty.”

Why is this sh1t always coming from the Left?

FCC’s grab for new regulatory power could go beyond broadband providers

FEC chair warns that conservative media like Drudge Report and Sean Hannity face regulation

Never mind, we know why.

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Between this and the IRS, they aren’t even trying to be subtle anymore.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

That is why I listen to 620 WTMJ… The two gents in the morning and afternoon are pretty good sources .

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Well that is due to them not being able to say the reason WHY they went dark. After all, by this investigation, if you were to say anything about it, they would throw you in jail for breaking the gag order.

With that said, as you see the left uses the law to intimidate people. They can get away with it because they know that challenging it will take time and MONEY to do such a thing.

We see it in this investigation
We saw if Via the IRS
We even saw it with the lawsuits filed on Palin.

None of this stands up in court. None…. but what it is to do is not only tied up whoever they are targeting in courts, but it plays bad for the person they are after in the public spot light. Its like someone getting charged for sexual assault, even if it is false, simply it being out there changes how people see you… they hear of the charges, but then when it all gets dropped, you never hear about it.

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 5:31 PM

What is going to happen now I bet….

The DA will then dump all these documents to the media. As Bias the media is, they are going to have a field day on it. This will include everything personal about all those targeted.

What punishment is going to happen? Not a dang thing.

SO sick

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Update, the ruling has been stayed.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Link? So that means that the investigation can keep going?

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Reading the comments there is comical. They have no issues with the suppression of political speech. For the life of me I would love to turn the tables on these lefties.

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Judge Randa can reissue his ruling minus destroying the evidence from the john doe. The three judge panel was dealing with this as a technical matter, and not ruling on the merits at all. Steve and Ed are both right, and the fall out from this state wide, is going to be massive. This is nothing less than total political war, there will be no prisoners.

flackcatcher on May 7, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Update, the ruling has been stayed.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

From the WisPolitics story:

The appeals court stayed the injunction and all further proceedings before Randa until he rules definitively on some questions. Should Randa find the prosecutors’ appeal is not frivolous, the stay would continue until the district court resolved the appeal on its merits. If Randa concludes the appeal is frivolous, proceedings in the district court can resume, though prosecutors would be entitled to a review before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on that decision.

While the appeals court found prosecutors do not have to return or destroy the evidence collected, it also ordered them not to disclose the information pending further order from the appeals court.

My guess is that Randa will find the appeal of the persecutors frivolous, which will bounce the freezing of the John Doe persecution back to the appeals court for an appeal on the merits.

As for the evidence, it is completely frozen as well. The Presstitute Organs previously had filed a suit to get their hands on the donor lists so they can do what was done to Brendan Eich.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Link? So that means that the investigation can keep going?

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 7:46 PM

For another couple days, most likely.

Their goal seems to be to get charges filed against the Walker campaign and every conservative group, which would moot this particular lawsuit. They would prefer to wait until after 5 pm June 2, when the fall cycle election ballot is frozen.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 8:22 PM

and the fall out from this state wide, is going to be massive. This is nothing less than total political war, there will be no prisoners.
flackcatcher on May 7, 2014 at 8:06 PM

My guess is that Randa will find the appeal of the persecutors frivolous, which will bounce the freezing of the John Doe persecution back to the appeals court for an appeal on the merits.
Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 8:19 PM

i luv this stuff..what’s gonna be the war? i’m thinking Walker’s gonna win it and the persecutors won’t

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 8:22 PM

What charges? If there was anything that they could have charged with you know darn well they would have done so already. This is something that has gone on for YEARS.

Another thing that I question is what happens with all the subpoenas that the judge tossed out?

This case does not seem to have any merit at all.

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM

i luv this stuff..what’s gonna be the war? i’m thinking Walker’s gonna win it and the persecutors won’t

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

They dont have a leg to stand on. As I said above there is nothing illegal at all. If there was out of the mounds of evidence they would have already brought charges. They hate walker and the republicans that much where they would not wait. At least not this long with all the risks involved, and we are seeing what those risks are.

That is IMO. I dont think Walker did nothing illegal. He knows his actions are being watched and gone over with a fine tooth comb…

watertown on May 7, 2014 at 9:18 PM

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM
watertown on May 7, 2014 at 9:18 PM
This has nothing to do with the case, never did. As Steve pointed out, this is a way to freeze out PACs and other political groups who favor Walker. But this was only a test drive. There next target would have Charlie Sykes at Right Wisconsin 620 wtmj, and high profile bloggers like Steve. This is right out of Marxism 101. Judge Randa clearly saw where this was headed,and move to stop it. Do not kid yourself, this was a attack on our 1st, 4th and yes 5th amendment rights

flackcatcher on May 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

flackcatcher on May 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM
Their(sigh….. long day)

flackcatcher on May 7, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Do not kid yourself, this was a attack on our 1st, 4th and yes 5th amendment rights

flackcatcher on May 7, 2014 at 10:52 PM

So are there no real consequences to the people perpetrating this attack?
They just get ordered to stop, and that’s it?
And it was paid for by taxpayers?
So it’s a zero cost and zero risk enterprise?

Kenosha Kid on May 7, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Kenosha Kid on May 7, 2014 at 11:27 PM

Yeah, the Democrats have achieved their goals, you know Chisholm has shared the information with the Democrat party, they have decimated their donors and tied up their funds for years. Just like Lois Learner did at the FEC and then the IRS. The only bright spot is that apparently Chisholm is not immune to civil suits so he is busy protecting his assets.

Cindy Munford on May 8, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Lets IRS audit him. That should do the trick

thermocline on May 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

The judge’s order has been stayed.

Took less than 24 hours.

Tlaloc on May 8, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Dollars are property, and I can do with my property what pleases me.

Really?
Can you burn your dollars? Nope, illegal.
Can you pay hookers with them? Nope, illegal (outside nevada).
Can you send them to Cuba? Nope, illegal.

In fact there’s a pretty long list of things you can’t legally do with your property.

Why should buying politicians be any different?

Tlaloc on May 8, 2014 at 2:16 AM

Sounds like Chicago Dem tactics…wouldn’t be surprised if this idea originated at the White House.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 8, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Walker will prevail. The stay is temporary because the Chicago judges don’t want “evidence” destroyed. The shark Democrats are the bait of their own feeding frenzy.
Pass the popcorn.

gracie on May 8, 2014 at 7:36 AM

As for catch-up, I highly recommend Wisconsin Reporter’s 51-part-and-counting series. After all, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the Presstitute Organ of the first attempt to use the John Doe process to sink Walker.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Thanks for the link Steve!

wi farmgirl on May 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Just in – Judge Randa certified that the appeal the Milwaukee County prosecutors made at the beginning of the week claiming they should be immune from the lawsuit is frivolous.

That means John Doe II is once again frozen. The 7th Circuit modification of the evidence portion of the order, from its return to the targets and copies destroyed to a “frozen” status also remains.

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

In other Wisconsin campaign news, the Department of Justice announced that it reached a settlement of a federal lawsuit filed in the wake of the SCOTUS strikedown of federal aggregate donation limits to not enforce Wisconsin’s version of same. The Wisconsin limit was $10,000 per calendar year to both state/local campaigns and Wisconsin-based PACs. That $10,000, “coincidentally”, is the current limit on per-election cycle donations to a gubernatorial campaign.

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

One more John Doe-related item – the lead attorney for Eric O’Keefe/Wisconsin Club for Growth mentioned on Charlie Sykes’ show on WTMJ-AM that one of the remedies they will seek if they’re successful are personal monetary judgements against the persecutors under federal law passed in the wake of the 1960s civil rights movement. That is why the persecutors are being sued in their personal capacities in addition to their official ones.

The text of the latest order is here.

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Froze it again! LOL dude must have been up all night writing his part to freeze it.

I am so glad that the DA is spending tons of tax payer money on a losing cause. If anything, tax payers should be irritate that all this money is being wasted. Heck, they could have used that money to fix the gwad aweful pothole problem they have in Milwaukee…. or even that joke of a street car lol.

watertown on May 8, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Rightfully so. I would take them to the cleaners. Normally I am not a big advocate of being sue happy, but there are indeed cases where it is justified. We all know that no other punishments are going to be handed down on these guys.

watertown on May 8, 2014 at 1:17 PM

The Wall Street Journal editorial page (headed by, I believe, Cheddarhead Paul Gigot) is also a good source, but much of their limited work is behind a paywall.

Steve Eggleston on May 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

You can get past the WSJ or NYT paywall by googling the article title.

Try it.

Pythagoras on May 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Pythagoras on May 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Shhhh – don’t say that too loud because then they’ll block the Google/Yahoo/Bing bots (as is their right).

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

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