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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It doesn’t matter who did this. Republican or democrat, this action is scary.

cozmo on May 7, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Thank God for Judge Randa. Chisholm should be sent to jail for his actions.

Deano1952 on May 7, 2014 at 9:24 AM

The fascists are really letting the mask slip.

gwelf on May 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

As other histories tell us, attempts to purify the public square lead to places like the Guillotine and the Gulag.

While the judge may say this, those conducting this probe don’t see that end result as a bug, but as a feature.

jon1979 on May 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Judge Randa needs to be protected . . . . . we need more such judges.

listens2glenn on May 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

How else can we get to the bottom of a Koch-Brothers-Fueled Conspiracy to deprive the Workers of their Union Rights?!! I ask you…. this is America & to quash this secret, on-going investigation is the height of Fascism!

JFKY on May 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Sanity reigns for the moment. Glad to see this.

I am a big Scott Walker supporter. Duh !!

jake-the-goose on May 7, 2014 at 9:30 AM

This is beyond insane.

upinak on May 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Just think, if they’d turned over the secret subpoenas to Lois Lerner and the IRS, no one could have stopped this injustice.

Rovin on May 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

The Democrats subscribe to the ideology that The End Justifies the Means, this is just one more in a long list of examples that prove how unfit the Democrats are to wield any power or authority.

oscarwilde on May 7, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Secret subpoenas … in a public corruption probe? Two political consultants restrained from contacting their attorneys while search warrants were executed for mundane records?

Really scary stuff …

Mark Boabaca on May 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

This looks for the moment like a clear win for political freedom, and a stop on political intimidation by the fading former Wisconsin establishment.

Judge Randa acted Righteously.

The Fascists will regroup…and try again….The media will skew coverage and the average voter will remain ignorant and distracted.

workingclass artist on May 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM

This will end up at SCOTUS. Meanwhile, this story will be buried until just before the midterms. There will be “new developments” in the fundraising scandal that is “rocking the republican party.”

tdarrington on May 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Modern day Stasi…

PatriotRider on May 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Secret subpoenas … in a public corruption probe? Two political consultants restrained from contacting their attorneys while search warrants were executed for mundane records?

Ein Reich!

Bishop on May 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

gwelf on May 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

They’ve been emboldened by the White House, the DOJ, the IRS, etc.

DrMagnolias on May 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

As other histories tell us, attempts to purify the public square lead to places like the Guillotine and the Gulag.

While the judge may say this, those conducting this probe don’t see that end result as a bug, but as a feature.

jon1979 on May 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Breaking eggs/omlettes and whatnot…

workingclass artist on May 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

These damn fascists/socialists/communists/progressives – er, I mean the damn Democrats are a danger to the Constitution and to this Republic founded on classically liberal foundations. They must be dealt with.

Where’s my monkey poo!

Seriously though, vote people – never stay home. These Dems are criminals.

Chuck Ef on May 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

This is why I can’t understand why everyone, EVERYONE, isn’t screaming over the IRS. How did we get to this point?

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

It doesn’t matter who did this. Republican or democrat, this action is scary.

cozmo on May 7, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Absolutely. What these Dem prosecutors pulled was such an abuse of power, it was hard to believe it was happening in America.

The Dem’s have gone all-in on wielding the force of Government to punish their enemies. The hell with the mask.

Two things really scared them. Walker winning the recall and Citizens United. I mean it really scared the bejebus out of them. Why? Because both events evened the playing field.

WisRich on May 7, 2014 at 9:42 AM

The ruling does not go far enough.

The police officers who took part in the raids and their supervisors are just as guilty as the originators of these actions and should be removed. They are in violation of their oaths.

“I was only following orders” is no longer acceptable.

There are just too many “cops” in this country willing to run over the citizenry when they get an illegal order. It’s past time to clean them out.

FOWG1 on May 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Imagine the utter darkness that would sweep this nation if the left ever got everything they wanted.

JellyToast on May 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Just another example in a never-ending list of politically motivated shenanigans perpetrated by Constitutionally illiterate (or, more likely, haters of the Constitution) Dhimmicraps in their never ending efforts to gain/re-gain power in every underhanded way possible.

vnvet on May 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

This seriously smacks of a police state, or at least the attempt to create one, in order to intimidate political opponents.

Which is why I am calling it the Fascist-Democrat party. It’s not hyperbole.

And the problem is that there are too many in the federal and state bureaucracies willing to go along.

rbj on May 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Imagine the utter darkness that would sweep this nation if the left ever got everything they wanted.

JellyToast on May 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

And the idiots who elected them would rejoice as they believe in having someone protect and love them.

I think I just vomited in my mouth a little.

upinak on May 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

All it takes is one Republican President with balls – yes, I am looking at you, Governor Scott Walker – to nullify Executive Order 10988, therefore outlawing public unions. The left and the police state (forgive me for repeating myself) will be instantly castrated like a pig on an Iowan farm.

Rix on May 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

As a further thought, Walker has been smeared in the minds of the LIVs as rumors of corruption were spawned by this investigation. How is that reconciled?

FOWG1 on May 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

The conservatives assert that the prosecutors’ theory of illegal coordination is erroneous, a point supported by former appeals court Judge Gregory A. Peterson, the presiding judge in the John Doe probe. Earlier this year, Peterson quashed several subpoenas granted by his predecessor, Judge Barbara Kluka, who recused herself in October without explanation. Peterson said the subpoenas failed to show probable cause.

from Watchdog.org

Kluka is now in semi-retirement. The good guys have prevailed for the time being. Anyone remember the Wisconsin Supreme Court judge elections in 2011 when another 7500 votes or so were found in Waukesha county and our man Prosser beat out the Klopperburg for the win? Sweet it was.

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Eric Holder will jump in and take this over, just wait and see…

ConstantineXI on May 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

the headlines on hotair are starting to resemble enquirer magazine, the only difference is the ones here are real.

phatfawzi on May 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Eric Holder will jump in and take this over, just wait and see…

ConstantineXI on May 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

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

Eric Holder will jump in and take this over, just wait and see…

ConstantineXI on May 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Of course! It’s election fraud. Holder is all about the sanctity of elections.

tdarrington on May 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

FOWG1 on May 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Hmmm, I just assumed they were given paperwork that looked like normal paperwork. Although, I have to admit, keeping people form contacting a lawyer certainly doesn’t seem like SOP.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

HAL the fascist would approve of these investigations. Too bad he isn’t around anymore to give us some old skool fascist lessons.

NotCoach on May 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

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

That wouldn’t stop him. There is nothing like the announcement of impending judicial department indictment the night before an election.

tdarrington on May 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM

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

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

The Fascists usually wait until they are firmly entrenched and unshakable before they begin to purge their enemies. Looks like they may have jumped the gun on this one.

clippermiami on May 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

They were being treated like the Mafia and their crime syndicate, that’s why….way way way over the top.

Mow let’s make sure Walker is re-elected as Governor in the Fall.

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

NotCoach on May 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I’m waiting for the lefty idiots to chime in.

Any of the lefty idiots.

cozmo on May 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

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

just have to keep battling the very very blue judges and get them retired and replaced. that was what Prosser’s election was about in 2011.

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

You know the damage is done. These people, even if they stopped right this second, have the information they wanted.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I’ll make a donation to his campaign, I’ll stop short of pretending to be a Democrat and voting for him from a state other than Wisconsin. No matter how tempting.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM

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

One of the tactics Obama has introduced to the leftist political world is “When you are in a hole, double down.” When you think, “They can’t possibly defend this” the 16 inch guns come out, and not only do they defend it, they win the day. You see it with war on women rhetoric vs. female republicans, the race card vs minorty republicans. We are starting to see it with climate change after the cold winter/ quiet hurricane season and Benghazi post e-mail.

tdarrington on May 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

More importantly, the people doing this need to think about their actions while behind bars.

Tater Salad on May 7, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

so what? move on Re-elect Walker

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

As a further thought, Walker has been smeared in the minds of the LIVs as rumors of corruption were spawned by this investigation. How is that reconciled?

FOWG1 on May 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

By going on the offensive and destroying the people who smeared you. The reason the Democrats are winners is that they invest way more of their energies in destroying their enemies than Republicans do.

Buddahpundit on May 7, 2014 at 10:07 AM

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I will. I have to say he is one of my favorites for 2016 right now.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

just have to keep battling the very very blue judges and get them retired and replaced. that was what Prosser’s election was about in 2011.

gracie on May 7, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Funny that they didn’t probe that one after the all-time biggest voting irregularity was found during that judge vote tally. It’s almost like the Democrats didn’t want that looked at too closely.

Buddahpundit on May 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Bush 41 appointee.

I wish the articles would identify who appointed these federal judges – district and appellate courts.

matthew8787 on May 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Walker/
Phil Huntsman

Victoria Huntsman

Juan Huntsman

Joshua Huntsman

Chris Huntsman

Rosie Huntsman

Madonna Huntsman

Kim Lee Huntsman

Genghis Huntsman

Robert Huntsman

Jorge Huntsman

Jesus Huntsman

Allah Huntsman

Ericka Huntsman

Mary Katherine Huntsman

Mohammad Huntsman

Ward Huntsman

Barrack Husein Huntsman

Franklin Delano Huntsman

Booker T. Huntsman

Sarah Huntsman
H/T Not Coach

docflash on May 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

tdarrington on May 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I assume it must be working but when you don’t agree with them in the first place, it makes them seem even crazier and no just a little evil.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 10:13 AM

That’s why I moved to Wisconsin….because Chicago politics were just too dull.

John Doe II went after EVERY conservative pac in the state and while under investigation they were prohibited from participating in our upcoming gubernatorial election.

A few weeks ago, it was ruled that Chisolm (the DA) does NOT have prosecutorial immunity as the investigation is outside the realm of his official duties. Chisolm’s victims are free to sue in civil court – I’m sure Chisolm is madly putting his house and assets in his wife’s name to protect them.

More over, yesterday’s cease & desist order was due to the lack of probable cause, and is a violation of the victim’s rights. A DA who doesn’t understand probably cause?

The angst from the liberals over at jsonline is sweet.

Daisy_WI on May 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

If this isn’t the stuff of 1930′s Germany, I don’t know what is. Extremely scary stuff. The Democrats are so out of control, it makes my skin crawl. This cannot end well I am beginning to believe.

wsucoug on May 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Daisy_WI on May 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Civil suits take forever and I have to assume that the Left got all the information it needed in the seizures.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

This is why I can’t understand why everyone, EVERYONE, isn’t screaming over the IRS. How did we get to this point?

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Because we don’t have any representation. The media and our supposed “conservative” party have largely been captured by the Democrats. Talk radio and comments sections of conservative blogs are talking about this stuff; that’s it.

Doomberg on May 7, 2014 at 10:28 AM

This seriously smacks of a police state, or at least the attempt to create one, in order to intimidate political opponents.

“Just another brick in the wall.”

Akzed on May 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I’d love to see the faces of the appellate court judges when they hear the prosecutors: “Your Honor, our investigation requires stripping the defendants of their rights with no probable cause! How else can we punish them?”

Vanceone on May 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

If this isn’t the stuff of 1930′s Germany, I don’t know what is. Extremely scary stuff. The Democrats are so out of control, it makes my skin crawl. This cannot end well I am beginning to believe.

wsucoug on May 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

We are going to have an article V convention or a revolution. The current situation is untenable.

We cannot have a nation that’s half slave (blue states) and half free (red states).

ConstantineXI on May 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I’d love to see the faces of the appellate court judges when they hear the prosecutors: “Your Honor, our investigation requires stripping the defendants of their rights with no probable cause! How else can we punish them?”

Vanceone on May 7, 2014 at 10:29 AM

I would laugh but I’m sure there’s a judge out there that would agree.

phatfawzi on May 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM

As a further thought, Walker has been smeared in the minds of the LIVs as rumors of corruption were spawned by this investigation. How is that reconciled?

FOWG1 on May 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Hasn’t he already proved he can win after being smeared by the unions? If anyone can “reconcile” that, he can.

That, and the great job he’s done as a governor, is why he’s my top pick for 2016.

ncinca on May 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Civil suits take forever and I have to assume that the Left got all the information it needed in the seizures.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Cindy, you’re right of course. It’s a criminal matter firstly. If any information leaks out it is a violation of the John Doe laws. However, its nice to know that there are personal repercussions for Chisolm.

As to the election – Mary Burke (of Trek Bikes) is running as the Dem candidate. Mary “hot pants” Burke was the Commerce Secretary under Doyle – the only time in WI history when the state U3 rate exceeded the national rate. She was at Trek when they outsourced their manufacturing to China, she sat on an industry board that fought against lead paint restrictions, and yesterday it was revealed that Trek Bikes hasn’t paid state income tax in 30 years.

Why “hot pants” – because she’s lied so much, they’re on fire.

Daisy_WI on May 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM

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.

Eloquent, wonderfully stated, this man clearly understands the vital role of the first amendment to our republic.
I know who I would nominate for the SC…Just sayin’

JusDreamin on May 7, 2014 at 10:39 AM

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.

Wasn’t this the argument the southern Democrat segregationists, like George Wallace, used during the civil rights era?

tommyboy on May 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM

The First Amendment is ―[p]remised on mistrust of governmental power, and its vigorous use assures that government of the people remains so.

This should never, ever be forgotten.

DaveDief on May 7, 2014 at 10:43 AM

They’ve been emboldened by the White House, the DOJ, the IRS, etc.

DrMagnolias

Emboldened or commanded?

Afterseven on May 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

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.

42 U.S. Code § 1983, both criminally and civilly, says otherwise.

Resist We Much on May 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The democrats are more & more looking like fascist brownshirts. The ends-justify-the-means liar in chief Obama, IMO, has had an enormously corrupting influence on democrats.

Chessplayer on May 7, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Daisy_WI on May 7, 2014 at 10:38 AM

I think Mr. Chisolm should get the Nifong solution but civil might be the best they can do. I did wander over to jsoline per your suggestion, very entertaining, although I must say, the reasonable reaction to this situation is holding its own nicely. I was surprised not to see (or I missed) Althouse’s reaction to this. She’s always interesting.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Resist We Much on May 7, 2014 at 10:48 AM

LOL! Do these people seem to be keenly interested in the law?

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Imagine the utter darkness that would sweep this nation if the left ever got everything they wanted.

JellyToast on May 7, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Literally, too.

Alana on May 7, 2014 at 10:57 AM

I haven’t seen althouse’s response yet – I’m sure she’s reading the whole thing before commenting.

I don’t use Daisy at js…. I’m more of a Chicago Cubs / wedding cake baker there.

Daisy_WI on May 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Troll-free threads are boring.

CurtZHP on May 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Walker wins again! He is going to make an awesome president.

Texas Zombie on May 7, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I’m more of a Chicago Cubs / wedding cake baker there.

Daisy_WI on May 7, 2014 at 10:58 AM

I’ll have to go back and see if I’m smart enough to figure out the clue.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I hope that all the tyrants, no matter the origin of their thuggish beliefs, die of their own methods.

Schadenfreude on May 7, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Can someone go to jail for this? Can someone be disbarred for this? If we had a real Attorney General and a non corrupt DOJ this is clearly a constitutional violation on so many levels. An object lesson needs to be made to all local officials to respect the constitution.

warmairfan on May 7, 2014 at 11:19 AM

You will, Cindy!

As to the “voting irregularities” in the Prosser election, here’s what happened:

The clerk responsible for reporting Waukesha county vote tallies wrote an excel spreadsheet to do the count – each city/precinct was entered in and then the total was reported to the media.

She made a mistake in one of her formulas, leaving out the town of Brookfield.

So…she reports the erroneous number, the media reports it, Milwaukee county, late as usual, is one of the last counties to report and throws the election to Kloppenberg. Once Milwaukee’s count is in, Waukesha realizes its mistake and reports the correct numbers.

Milwaukee county voters were FURIOUS…but there were no “missing” or “found” votes – they were all there. Milwaukee just didn’t have the right info to manufacture enough votes.

Daisy_WI on May 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I don’t care which side of the aisle you’re on, at what point do we call these people what they are – domestic terrorists.

It may be non-violent, but the intentional abuse of governmental power to scare people from speaking or acting, must be stopped. These “officials” count on people shrinking away from the conflict because of (a) the cost, (b) the fear of governmental sanction, (c) a failure of understanding how to protect oneself, or (d) use your imagination. This is tyranny at its worst.

EdmundBurke247 on May 7, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Bush 41 appointee.

I wish the articles would identify who appointed these federal judges – district and appellate courts.

matthew8787 on May 7, 2014 at 10:12 AM

The most harmful domestic actions from 0bama will be the corruption of the federal judiciary. Lawless anomie.

As for these cases, what can be done to remove the officials involved?

Perspicacious on May 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

One of the beauties of Orwell’s work was his parody of how the Bolsheviks corrupted the purpose of instituitions and the meaning of words. They like to use the Justice system to impose injustice. Sources of information were turned to being tools for propogating lies (“Ministry of Truth”). Here we have an example of an entity envisioned to prevent corruption of the political process apparently being used to corrupt the political process by intimidating one side from participating. Orwell might name it the Ministry of Political Freedom because it act to limit individual’s freedom to engage in the political process.

KW64 on May 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Daisy_WI on May 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I remember that. Since Gov. Walker, Wisconsin has diminished my appreciation of drum circles. Just be thankful that the vast majority of your citizens depicted by the media have teeth, unlike those here in Florida.

Cindy Munford on May 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

One of the beauties of Orwell’s work was his parody of how the Bolsheviks corrupted the purpose of instituitions and the meaning of words. They like to use the Justice system to impose injustice. Sources of information were turned to being tools for propogating lies (“Ministry of Truth”). Here we have an example of an entity envisioned to prevent corruption of the political process apparently being used to corrupt the political process by intimidating one side from participating. Orwell might name it the Ministry of Political Freedom because it act to limit individual’s freedom to engage in the political process.

KW64 on May 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Oh, great. You just had to mention Orwell. Now Trots will come in here and start hawking his website.

CurtZHP on May 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

The fascists are really letting the mask slip.

gwelf on May 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I’m not sure they ever took the time to put the mask on

If this isn’t the stuff of 1930′s Germany, I don’t know what is. Extremely scary stuff. The Democrats are so out of control, it makes my skin crawl. This cannot end well I am beginning to believe.

wsucoug on May 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I’ll be surprised if some troll doesn’t bring up the old saw about comparisons to nazism invalidating the argument; when the comparison is dead-on, then what? This is exactly what they did in Germany. Wisconsin isn’t the only place it’s happening, but it is mainly happening in one party.

Shay on May 7, 2014 at 11:56 AM

One of the beauties of Orwell’s work was his parody of how the Bolsheviks corrupted the purpose of instituitions and the meaning of words. They like to use the Justice system to impose injustice. Sources of information were turned to being tools for propogating lies (“Ministry of Truth”). Here we have an example of an entity envisioned to prevent corruption of the political process apparently being used to corrupt the political process by intimidating one side from participating. Orwell might name it the Ministry of Political Freedom because it act to limit individual’s freedom to engage in the political process.

KW64 on May 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Over at MSNBC, Crystal Ball might have an issue with this analysis.

WisRich on May 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

AND NOW FOR THE LAWSUITS!

Tard on May 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Another win for Walker. At least somebody knows how to fight the Left.

will77jeff on May 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

O/T,
Fox eye candy show on…..
Katie P, what a doll! WOW!
And smart!

Tenwheeler on May 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Over at MSNBC, Crystal Ball might have an issue with this analysis.

WisRich on May 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Mark Twain once observed that when it came to parody or sarcasm, no matter how plain you tried to make the purpose, someone would still get the interpretation all wrong. Ms. Ball is someone with only one idea and that idea is that all forms of business or conservative thinking is wrong. Therefore everything must be forced into that narrow box. Thus, Animal Farm must be a warning against Corporate Power. Lord know what she would do with 1984. Perhaps she would think Big Brother was about George Bush even though he had not been born in 1948 when the book was written.

KW64 on May 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Didn’t the donks do the same thing in Texas with Tom DeLay? IIRC, there was an overzealous Dem prosecutor.

butch on May 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

These Dems aren’t just evil but they double down on the evil. If something doesn’t go their way they keep chipping at it until it does. The Nazi’s had nothing on these Dems

neyney on May 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM

We all say frequently how scary such-and-such action is, but THIS is truly frightening…this kind of action is incompatable with a free and open society…

ellifint on May 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

The Democrats in the Wisconsin Prosecutors Office have been literally terrorizing Barack’s political opponents across Wisconsin for years now. If you are interested in what they’ve been up to, read:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/12/secret-probe-of-conservatives-makes-wisconsin-ground-zero-in-first-amendment-war//#more

Mahdi on May 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Katie P, what a doll! WOW!
And smart!

Tenwheeler on May 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Yeah, and she can shoot too.

climbnjump on May 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

They must think they are the Feds.

pat on May 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

“One might wonder how the prosecutors in this case could have defended these tactics at all…”

Because they are Democrats…

… It’s how they roll.

Seven Percent Solution on May 7, 2014 at 12:47 PM

…JugEars is going to be pissed about this…when Holder tells him about it on the golf course!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The ruling does not go far enough.

The police officers who took part in the raids and their supervisors are just as guilty as the originators of these actions and should be removed. They are in violation of their oaths.

“I was only following orders” is no longer acceptable.

There are just too many “cops” in this country willing to run over the citizenry when they get an illegal order. It’s past time to clean them out.

FOWG1 on May 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Amen.

earlgrey on May 7, 2014 at 1:25 PM

HAL the fascist would approve of these investigations. Too bad he isn’t around anymore to give us some old skool fascist lessons.

NotCoach on May 7, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I think trotsky took over for HAL.

Vince on May 7, 2014 at 1:30 PM

about time

WryTrvllr on May 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

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