The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled July 16 that the GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker’s campaign didn’t violate any election laws in 2012 although he had close ties with several outside conservative groups.
The court found that Walker’s campaign had not illegally collaborated with outside conservative groups three years ago when the governor faced a recall election following labor backlash over his push to weaken public sector unions.
That did not, however, stop the continuous leaks from the otherwise secret probe. Walker sees this as giving workers more disposable income, but opponents see this as a deterrent to unions.
Walker has tiptoed around issues that could risk alienating conservative voters, even if they are less controversial with moderates. “It is time to move past this unwarranted investigation that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars”.
The decision is also a major victory for Eric O’Keefe’s group, Wisconsin Club for Growth. The decision should be appealed to the United States Supreme Court. John Chisolm and company should be made into national examples, in order to dissuade others who may be tempted to pursue similar miscarriages of justice in the future.
“We are pleased. The bottom line is, we said all along that the courts would ultimately rule on the side of the original circuit court judge”, said Gov. Walker.
But the most recent investigation, launched by a bipartisan group of prosecutors and led by a Republican special prosecutor, has been stalled in court. As I’ve written before, when it comes to criminal justice investigations, the process itself is a punishment.
No. The secrecy surrounding the John Doe was originally meant to protect the integrity of the investigation.
“Peace on our streets is more than just the absence of violence”, Christie said. This new investigation was then referred to as John Doe II. Because it pays to own the state Supreme Court. Walker loved the image of a politician riding a Harley and would join in the ride each year during his time as Milwaukee County executive. But liberals say the deck was stacked against them from the beginning. The special prosecutor leading the investigation was Francis Schmitz, a former longtime federal prosecutor who voted for Walker.
“They issued subpoenas or search warrants to virtually every conservative or libertarian 501(c)4 advocacy organization in the state”, he continued. Another victim – whose son was home alone when police arrived, guns drawn – is haunted by this chilling thought: “He could have been in the shower”.
The investigation began two months after Walker won the recall election, involving many people and rounds of legal maneuvering.
Holding on could also be the Wisconsin governor’s maxim in the traditionally rough-and-tumble Palmetto State politics. Abrahamson was joined in a separate dissent by swing justice Patrick Crooks. A charge the Wisconsin Supreme Court could find no evidence of, in a 4-2 vote to shut the probe down. Conservative justice Michael Gableman wrote that the campaign finance law on which the probe was based is “unconstitutionally broad and vague”. In the state, a judge can allow prosecutors to carry out a John Doe investigation, requiring secrecy from everyone involved. Will prosecutors face any legal consequences for launching such an extraordinarily abusive investigation of what is without question constitutionally protected speech? But she said she disagreed with his take on Planned Parenthood.
In dissenting, Justice Shirley Abrahamson wrote that the majority of the court is adopting an “unprecedented and faulty interpretation” of that law that ignores its spirit of preventing money from corrupting elections. “Within the realm of issue advocacy, the majority opinion’s theme is ‘Anything Goes.'”. He’s in the first week of campaigning since announcing a 2016 bid for president. Deputies seized business papers, computer equipment, phones, and other devices, while their targets were restrained under police supervision and denied the ability to contact their attorneys. According to Wisconsin laws political money is not a reason to force justices to step aside. “All unnamed movants are relieved of any duty to cooperate further with the investigation”.