Rep. Dave Craig: Time has come to investigate John Doe investigators

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


CLOSER LOOK: State Rep. Dave Craig, R-Town Vernon, wants the Legislature to look into the conduct of John Doe investigators.

MADISON, Wis. – While Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation may be legally dead, state Rep. Dave Craig says many unanswered questions remain.

The Town of Vernon Republican again is calling for a special legislative investigation into the politically driven probe and into the leak of court-sealed document to a left-wing publication.

“I am glad to see that the Attorney General has requested a ‘special master’ in the John Doe II case. Given the serious accusations of private citizens’ lives being upended by government agents, I think it is imperative that the Supreme Court act on this request,” Craig said in a statement. Continue Reading

2008 Podesta emails appear to show John Doe-style coordination among liberal groups

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


COLLABORATION: Former Gov. Jim Doyle and his political staffer come up in emails about a coordinated fundraising campaign in 2008 that appears to be very similar to the conservative political activity at the center of the state’s unconstitutional John Doe investigations.

MADISON, Wis. — In late spring 2008, liberal organizations and donors got together to form what was loosely billed as the “Wisconsin progressive donor collaborative.”

National heavy hitters from big labor, including the guiding hand of the National Education Association, collaborated with the tax-exempt 527 group Advancing Wisconsin. Continue Reading

Federal judge scolds John Doe prosecutors for ’emergency motion’

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


ORDER IN THE COURT: A federal judge in a Fourth Amendment lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors will maintain necessary documents from the case.

MADISON, Wis. – A Federal judge on Tuesday scolded prosecutors of Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation for waiting until the last moment to file an “emergency motion” in a class action, Fourth Amendment lawsuit.

Chief Judge William M. Conley of the U.S. District Court’s Western District of Wisconsin took issue with the defendants’ delay, although he issued no penalties. Continue Reading

Attorney General calls for investigation into John Doe leaks

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


CALL TO INVESTIGATE: Attorney General Brad Schimel says it’s time for an investigation into sealed John Doe documents leaked to The Guardian. Schimel would like someone else to handle that investigation.

MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel on Thursday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to appoint a “special master” to investigate leaks of sealed court documents in the politically driven John Doe investigation.

In a letter to Chief Justice Patience Roggensack, Schimel requests an investigator look into the leak of some 1,350 documents to the liberal British newspaper, The Guardian, in mid-September. Continue Reading

Former John Doe prosecutor continues to practice delay, attorney says

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


GIVE IT BACK; Former Special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, pictured here in this cartoon, doesn’t want to return property his investigation seized. He wants the state Supreme Court to hang onto it. An attorney for one of the conservatives targeted in the unconstitutional probe says the property must be returned to its rightful owners.

MADISON, Wis. – The former special prosecutor of Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe II investigation wants the state Supreme Court to take custody of the millions of documents and other property he and his fellow investigators illegally seized in a sweeping dragnet of dozens of conservative groups.

Conservative targets say Francis Schmitz has an inherent conflict of interest in his position as former prosecutor of an unconstitutional investigation, and his involvement in the disposition process at any level is like the proverbial fox guarding the hen house.

In a response filed late last week, Schmitz asked the court to deny a motion by two conservative targets seeking the supervised return of their property. Continue Reading

Under fire, John Doe prosecutors now seek secrecy

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


WAITING GAME: Targets of Wisconsin’s unconstitutional John Doe investigation say it is urgent the Wisconsin Supreme Court act .

MADISON, Wis. – A conservative target of Wisconsin’s politically driven “John Doe II” investigation is asking the state Supreme Court to make public a motion that addresses an urgent matter of “great public interest”: the conduct of the prosecutors who carried out the abusive probe. Continue Reading

Wisconsin’s Morning After

Paul Jacob, Townhall

Regarding mornings, put me in Sheriff Hopper’s camp. He’s the Stranger Things character, repeatedly informing folks: “Mornings are for coffee and contemplation.”

Speaking of stranger things, who expects an early-morning SWAT-like police raid on their home?

Three years ago, that’s what happened to Cindy Archer. Near dawn, a dozen police officers in flak jackets pounded on her door, carrying a battering ram just in case. Her dogs were “freaking out” and she feared they’d be shot. The police ransacked her home, confiscating her computer and smart phone as evidence.

This was a secretive John Doe investigation, so Ms. Archer was also informed she mustn’t discuss the raid with anyone, her lawyer excepted. The raid was very public, the media tipped off, but Archer was prevented from defending herself publicly. Or even privately, among friends and relatives.

Her suspected crime? Continue Reading

Scott Walker allies ask Wisconsin Supreme Court to investigate John Doe leak

MATTHEW DeFOUR, The Journal Times

Two Republican political operatives at the center of a defunct John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign have asked the state Supreme Court to investigate a related document leak.

Top Walker advisers R.J. Johnson and Deborah Jordahl, who are identified in the filing as “unnamed movants Nos. 6 and 7,” also asked the court to order the immediate return of documents and equipment seized by police from their homes on Oct. 3, 2013, as part of the investigation.

The warrants used to obtain the records were quashed in January 2014 and the state Supreme Court ended the investigation last year. The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal of that decision. Continue Reading

Conservatives seek return of possessions, criminal probe of John Doe leaks

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


BACK TO COURT: Conservative targets in Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation are asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to order the immediate return of their property which was illegally seized during the political probe.

MADISON, Wis. – Now that John Doe is legally dead, two targets of the politically driven investigation are calling for the rapid return of the possessions prosecutors illegally seized from them, and they want a criminal investigation into leaked documents from the court-sealed case.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel reportedly has expressed the leaks may have been the work of a hacker, according to a new court filing. Continue Reading