Gov. Scott Walker has signed legislation sponsored by his fellow Wisconsin Republicans that could protect him, his colleagues and others from unconstitutional political investigations through a misuse of John Doe laws.
When you read about how these laws were used, you won’t believe this could happen here.
Only Wisconsin allows John Doe proceedings to give prosecutors incredibly powerful and wide leverage against people the prosecutor thinks could be a suspect or a witness and to do it in secret without benefit of a grand jury. It is a tool used against individuals who have not been charged for a potential crime.
The John Doe investigations were used by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office to examine Gov. Walker’s time as the county’s executive, as well as his time as governor.
Six of Walker’s aides during his time as Milwaukee County executive were convicted as the result of the first John Doe investigation but it was never tied to Governor Walker and it was after Governor Walker was out of the office.
The second John Doe investigation concerned the coordination between conservative political groups and Gov. Walker’s campaign to defeat a recall election called against him. The second case grew out of the first case even though there was no evidence that drew them to the second investigation.
The investigation started with some missing money and they investigated people who had nothing to do with the original investigation.
The investigation was stopped in May 2014 when U.S. Appeals Judge Frank Easterbrook ruled Wisconsin’s John Doe investigations were “screamingly unconstitutional.”
“It does seem to me an order saying you can’t tell your own story is a classic gag order and probably unconstitutional per se,” Easterbrook said.
No charges were ever filed against Walker or the political action groups.
Democrats and far-left rags like Mother Jones and Daily Kos are accusing Walker of preventing investigations of his alleged corrupt activities.
Soros’ Mother Jones put it this way: Wisconsin Poised to Gut Its Campaign Finance and Anti-Corruption Laws
“It’s like we’re in a Central American country in the 1980s.”
John Doe laws dating back to the 19th century in Wisconsin allow DAs to hold secret panels, compel people to give testimony and turn over documents. To take advantage of the loopholes, Prosecutor John Chisholm, a partisan hack, took advantage of the loopholes in the laws to exact a vendetta against Scott Walker and people who supported him in a case so shocking that you won’t believe it happened in America.
One of the victims filed suit and was explained on The Kelly File.
The corruption extends to judges, police officers, lawyers, and to at least one newspaper, the Journal Sentinel. The judge who signed off on these John Doe applications did scores in one afternoon – there was no judicial oversight.
In a September 9, 2014 article, former Milwaukee police officer Michael Lutz, who for several months served as an unpaid special prosecutor in Chisholm’s office, said that Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, a Democrat, told him in March 2011 about his contempt for Walker.
“He felt it was his personal duty to stop people from being treated like this, to stop Walker from treating people like this,” Lutz told the Wisconsin Reporter.
Lutz (photo below), who is a retired disabled police officer, went to law school and had been friends with the Chisholms, even giving to Chisholm’s campaign, but he couldn’t live with the way they were going after opponents. He has paid dearly for telling the truth.
Dan Bice (photo below) of the Journal Sentinel went after Lutz, smearing him and falsely accusing him of issuing “death threats,” destroying his reputation and his credibility.
Lutz says his law practice has been ruined because he has been blacklisted. No other attorneys will speak out against Chisholm and his corrupt crew because they too will lose their practices.
The prosecutor, John Chisholm (photo below), is described as “hyper-partisan” in a “hyper-partisan” district, and used the John Doe process indirectly against Scott Walker, depriving anyone associated with him of their constitutional rights, as Walker began his rise to power and became a potential candidate for governor.
Chisholm’s wife is a teachers’-union shop steward who was distraught over Act 10’s union reforms. She is alleged by Lutz to have spurred Chisholm on as it was his “personal duty to stop him.” When the attempts at stopping the union reforms failed, Chisholm found other fertile ground and a very cooperative Judge Barbara Kluka (below).
She rubber stamped the criminal suppression of political opponents. She allowed partisan investigators to run amok. They subpoenaed and obtained (without the conservative targets’ knowledge) massive amounts of electronic data, including virtually all the targets’ personal e-mails and other electronic messages from outside e-mail vendors and communications companies. They then coordinated raids – home invasions – based on no evidence and threatening the victims to keep it secret. Their only crime was to support Governor Walker.
Wisconsin has been using John Doe laws in lieu of the grand jury process since the early 19th century. It gives the prosecutor additional powers, powers that can be misused to deprive people of constitutional protections and attack political opponents.
In Wisconsin, the law allows a prosecutor to go to a judge with a “suspicion” and the judge can sign off and let the prosecutor bring in witnesses they can force to testify in secrecy. Federal grand juries operate all the time in Wisconsin but they have rules about secrecy and timelines that John Doe laws do not have.
In the hands of the corrupt prosecutor, there are no First Amendment rights. There is no due process.
National Review attorney David French has been investigating the use of these laws and what he found should terrify people. Political opponents have been subject to SWAT teams and other law enforcement coming to their homes with battering rams and guns drawn. The teams have torn apart homes and never once gave the victim the benefit of their constitutional rights.
Innocent people with the “wrong” political views were subjected to the same treatment drug dealers receive. Then they were warned not to tell anyone, not even family and to not call a lawyer. It kept the communist-like tyranny a secret from the general public.
Supporters of Governor Walker who were newbies to the political process became the subjects of “multi-year secretive criminal investigations, slanderous and selective leaks to sympathetic media, and intrusive electronic snooping.”
It’s not unlike the IRS targeting.
The Progressives in Wisconsin weaponized law enforcement against their political opponents. It was full-blown tyranny.
Lawsuits followed. The entire affair is one of corruption, deceit, misuse of public office and it is thanks to these lawsuits and people like David French and Michael Lutz that the truth be known. Everyone needs to read the French exposé which can be found on this link.
The law was used as it was never intended to expand investigations of a particular case into people in the Walker administration and Walker himself, all of whom had nothing to do with the original case. That is a tactic used by the Obama administration against political opponents and even the AP.