Can we finally stick a fork in Wisconsin John Doe?

William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection

Who’s the horror movie figure that keeps on popping up just when you think you’ve killed him?

That’s pretty much the nature of the anti-conservative witch hunt carried out under Wisconsin’s so-called John Doe law. Every time the investigation seemed to be beat, the investigating prosecutors would rear their ugly heads. Continue Reading

John Doe dies again: Supreme Court won’t hear Chisholm’s case

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

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YOU ARE DONE HERE: Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm (center) and his fellow John Doe prosecutors have lost again — this time in the U.S. Supreme Court.

MADISON, Wis. – On the third anniversary of predawn armed raids on Wisconsin homes in the name of politics, the U.S. Supreme Court has driven the final nail in the coffin of Wisconsin’s politically driven John Doe investigation.

On Monday, the high court rejected a petition by Democratic prosecutors looking to overturn the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s ruling last year declaring the campaign finance investigation unconstitutional. Continue Reading

More evidence points to prosecutors, investigators as source of John Doe leaks

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


ENDLESS JOHN DOE: Gov. Scott Walker answers press questions last week following the latest chapter of Wisconsin’s never-ending John Doe saga.

MADISON, Wis. – Despite the garish headlines and the narratives of nefarious political schemes wrought by The Guardian’s release of court-sealed John Doe documents last week, only one known crime has to date been committed: The leaking of those documents.

And now there is more evidence pointing to prosecutors or their allies as the source of that leak. Continue Reading

GOP leaders want special prosecutor to look into John Doe leaks

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


SPEAKER SPEAKS: Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and members of Assembly Republican leadership are asking Attorney General Brad Schimel to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate recent John Doe document leaks.

MADISON, Wis. – Top Republican leaders are asking Wisconsin’s attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the leak of court-sealed John Doe documents, published this week in a left-wing British newspaper.

“In light of the recent unauthorized disclosure of sealed documents in a John Doe investigation, we are writing to request you consider the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate this apparent violation of Supreme Court order and state law,” wrote Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, and Joint Finance Committee co-chair, state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette in their letter Thursday to Attorney General Brad Schimel. Continue Reading

Wisconsin John Doe Leak Exposes Democrats’ Contempt For The Law

Daniel Payne, The Federalist

Daniel Payne is a senior contributor at The Federalist. He currently runs the blog Trial of the Century, and lives in Virginia.

The Wisconsin John Doe affair is one of the more shameful episodes in modern American political history, in which a hyper-partisan Democrat district attorney weaponized the Wisconsin legal system against innocent families as part of a vicious and unhinged political crusade against conservatives. An assembly line of rubber-stamped search warrants and subpoenas, early-morning raids, threats from police officers to keep quiet, wanton property seizure: “I no longer feel safe,” one victim said, “and I don’t think I ever will.”

The victims received such treatment simply because they dared to hold political opinions offensive to Wisconsin Democrats. Continue Reading

Document suggests prosecutors leaked sealed John Doe records to Guardian

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

From left, Kevin Kennedy, director of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney, and Bruce Landgraf, Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney, make statements during a news conference at the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board in Madison, Wis., Monday, April 11, 2011. The officials discussed the filing of criminal charges against William Gardner, president of the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co., who has agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts of making illegal campaign contributions to Gov. Scott Walker's gubernatorial campaign. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King)

LEAKERS? Did Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm (center) or his prosecutor partners illegally leak sealed John Doe documents to the Guardian?

MADISON, Wis. – A document released in a dump of sealed court records by British liberal publication the Guardian suggests prosecutors of Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe probe are behind the “leak.”

The Guardian headline Wednesday screamed, “Leaked documents reveal secretive influence of corporate cash on politics.” The story included 1,500 pages of “largely unseen material gathered” by prosecutors who led the politically driven John Doe investigation into 29 conservative groups and the campaign of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Continue Reading

John Chisholm, the Captain Ahab of prosecutors, wants another shot at John Doe

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


HANGING BY A THREAD: Milwaukee County District Attorney has one last chance to resurrect his legally dead John Doe investigation. If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with him, court filings suggest he would restart the abusive probe in a heartbeat.

MADISON, Wis. – Multiple courts have declared Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation legally dead.

John Chisholm doesn’t care. He’s the Captain Ahab of prosecutors.

The Milwaukee County district attorney for nearly three years has obsessively attempted to resurrect his unconstitutional investigation into dozens of conservative groups and the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker. Continue Reading

Schimel opposes John Doe prosecutors’ petition before U.S. Supreme Court

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


NO CASE: Attorney Brad Schimel has filed a brief opposing John Doe prosecutors’ petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling shutting down their secret investigation. Schimel effectively says, ‘It’s over fellows. Move on.’

MADISON, Wis. – They don’t have a case.

That’s effectively what Attorney General Brad Schimel asserts in a brief opposing the John Doe prosecutors’ petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision declaring the probe unconstitutional.

“The Petition is an effort by a few prosecutors to continue to use a John Doe procedure that is no longer available under state law to restart an inquest into alleged conduct that was, and continues to be, entirely lawful under state law,” Schimel wrote in the 46-page brief filed Monday with the high court. Continue Reading

Constitutional law experts come to defense of conservatives targeted in John Doe probes

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog


LEFT DEFENDING RIGHT: Erwin Chemerinsky, a ‘a prominent liberal public intellectual and litigator’ has signed on to a brief asking that conservative Cindy Archer’s civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors be allowed to be heard.

MADISON, Wis. – Some of the most renowned legal minds in the country – on the right and the left – are coming to the defense of the scores of Wisconsin conservatives targeted in Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigations.

Constitutional law experts Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Ilya Somin, and Erwin Chemerinsky have filed an amicus, or “friend-of-the court,” brief asking the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling that tossed out Cindy Archer’s civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors. Continue Reading

How Wisconsin Prosecutors Used State Power to Silence Patriots

Nancy Thorner, Hartland Institute

In its continuing series of free Wednesday night events, The Heartland Institute on July 27 served as host to Eric O’Keefe on his topic, “The Use of State Power to Silence Patriots.”

For much of the past 35 years O’Keefe, a Libertarian, has encouraged the establishment of independent political organizations to hold politicians accountable. One such organization was the Wisconsin Club for Growth, which played a large role in supporting Gov. Scott Walker’s reform of union regulations in 2011 and 2012. That support led to O’Keefe becoming a target of Milwaukee County prosecutor John Chisholm’s so-called “John Doe” investigations of conservative groups and individuals in the Badger State. Continue Reading