Cindy Archer appeals John Doe civil rights lawsuit to 7th Circuit

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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STILL FIGHTING: Cindy Archer, one of many targets of political John Doe investigations, is appealing a liberal judge’s decision dismissing her civil rights lawsuit. Archer, who was never charged with any wrongdoing, was the subject of an early morning armed raid. She begged police not to shoot her dogs.

MADISON, Wis. — As expected, Cindy Archer is appealing a liberal federal court judge’s ruling tossing out a civil rights lawsuit against partisan prosecutors who made Archer’s life a living hell.

The 79-page brief filed Tuesday in the 7th District U.S. Court of Appeals includes all of the arguments — and then some — laid out in the lawsuit federal Judge Lynn Adelman dismissed in May.

But this is what the appeal ultimately asserts: Continue Reading


Free-market group sues John Doe ‘ringleaders’ for violating federal law

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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JOHN DOE LAWSUIT: The MacIver Institute on Monday filed a lawsuit against Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and others involved in the secret John Doe probe. The class-action lawsuit alleges the defendants violated a federal communications storage law.

MADISON, Wis. – The man who launched Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation now faces a class action lawsuit in federal court.

The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, a Madison-based free-market think tank, filed the lawsuit Monday against Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, some of his assistants, and senior staff of the former state Government Accountability Board. Continue Reading


A year after Supreme Court pronounces John Doe dead, conservatives still waiting for justice

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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ONE YEAR LATER: Much remains unresolved on the anniversary of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling killing the abusive John Doe investigation.

MADISON, Wis. – One year after the state Supreme Court declared Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation unconstitutional, the people harassed, intimidated, and silenced by the political probe still are waiting for justice.

“Four years ago, they began secretly seizing thousands of private email, phone, bank and tax records from dozens of citizens because of our ideology. Nearly three years ago, they raided our homes in the dark over speech and threatened us with jail time if we spoke out about the abuse,” said Deborah Jordahl, one of the conservatives targeted in the probe. Continue Reading


John Doe victims stuck with GAB retread until at least January

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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MORE HAAS: Michael Haas doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. The state elections chief with the partisan past recently was named the new boss of the state Elections Commission.

MADISON, Wis. – A lawmaker who played a major role in reforming Wisconsin’s archaic John Doe law says the newly named administrator of the state’s Elections Commission will be under close scrutiny.

State Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, says he’s heard concerns raised about Michael Haas, the current Elections Division administrator for the soon-to-be-extinct state Government Accountability Board. Continue Reading


Liberal judge dismisses civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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DISMISSIVE: Liberal federal Judge Lynn Adelman dismissed a civil rights lawsuit Thursday filed by a conservative target in Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigations. Adleman worries that prosecutors shouldn’t have to be “intimidated” by such lawsuits challenging their investigations.

MILWAUKEE — The liberal federal judge who last month screamed in frustration, “I don’t care about the law,” on Thursday dismissed a civil rights lawsuit against the prosecutors of an unconstitutional John Doe investigation.

U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman, who has made a judicial career of checking sweeping police searches, couldn’t go there this time. In his 43-page ruling, Adelman ruled that Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a partisan Democrat, deserved the protection from lawsuits that prosecutorial immunity brings. Continue Reading


Haas’ emails in GAB’s John Doe probe should give senators pause

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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HAAS THEY RODE IN ON: Michael Haas is the newly appointed administrator of the state’s new Elections Commission. But Haas’ work on the politically driven John Doe investigation should raise some alarm bells in the Senate.

MADISON, Wis. – The new state Elections Commission recently appointed Michael Haas as its first administrator.

But this “nonpartisan” Government Accountability Board retread has a very partisan past, as underscored by court documents obtained by Wisconsin Watchdog. Continue Reading


Fitzgerald: GAB’s Michael Haas not long for new administrator role

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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TEMPORARY DIRECTOR? Michael Haas of the state Government Accountability Board is expected to step down from his new position as head of the newly created state Elections Commission, according to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

MADISON, Wis. – Michael Haas may have been nominated as the first administrator of the state’s new elections commission, but the long-time Government Accountability Board manager isn’t long for the post, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told Wisconsin Watchdog Friday evening.

“Haas is resigning in November, after the elections,” Fitzgerald, R-Juneau said. “I don’t know why the press release reads he is going to be put in place for four years.”

Haas, who serves as the Elections Division administrator for the soon-to-be-extinct GAB, had intended to resign in late June, when GAB director Kevin Kennedy plans to exit, Fitzgerald said. But the commission apparently was nervous that the newly created Elections Commission would lack veteran leadership during the final months leading up to the November election. Continue Reading


Legal expert calls John Chisholm’s Supreme Court petition ‘outlandish’

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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NO SURPRISE: Milwaukee County District Attorney has filed his petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to save his abusive John Doe investigation into right-center groups. A legal expert who has closely followed the case said Chisholm’s arguments are ‘outlandish.’

MADISON, Wis. – Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, the Democrat who launched the unconstitutional John Doe probe into Wisconsin conservatives, has no chance of resurrecting his dead investigation through an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court because his case has no merit, a legal expert tells Wisconsin Watchdog.

To virtually no one’s surprise, Chisholm and his Democrat prosecutor partners filed a petition for a writ of certiorari, asking the high court to review and toss out last year’s ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court declaring the secret investigation unconstitutional and shutting it down. Continue Reading


New docs show GAB spent more than 2,500 hours on John Doe probe

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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OVERTIME: The state Government Accountability Board devoted well over 2,500 hours to the unconstitutional John Doe investigation. The embattled agency did so even as it begged for more money from the Legislature.

MADISON, Wis. – The Government Accountability Board staff involved in Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation spent more than 2,500 hours engaged in what the GAB’s top administrator has described as a “parallel” probe, according to documents obtained by Wisconsin Watchdog.

That doesn’t account for the many untold hours GAB staff spent on the investigation before agency director and general counsel Kevin Kennedy admonished the attorneys to begin charting their hours. Continue Reading


Chisholm invokes his illegal John Doe probe in re-election campaign

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


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CAMPAIGNING ON DOE: Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, the Democrat who launched the unconstitutional John Doe investigation into conservatives, is running for re-election – in part on his John Doe record.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, the Democrat who brought Wisconsin the infamous John Doe investigations, is campaigning on the unconstitutional probe.

And he’s taking a shot at the John Doe judge and members of the state Supreme Court that shut down the Chisholm-launched witch hunt into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and dozens of conservative organizations. Continue Reading