Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Walkergate: Save That Date!

The local paper is saying that the next batch of documents related to the John Doe investigation could be coming out in a couple of weeks:
A federal appeals court signaled Monday it would make public in two weeks nearly three dozen sealed filings in a lawsuit over the probe into fundraising and spending by Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and his conservative backers.

In an unsigned order, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said it had received 34 fully or partially sealed documents in the case and that it planned to make them public Aug. 19 unless it receives motions to prevent the unsealing.
The article reports that this order was released just days after prosecutors made their strongest case yet on why the federal appellate court should overrule Judge Rudolph Randa's inappropriate ruling that the investigation end.

It will be interesting to see what is in those documents, when and if they are released.

And speaking of documents that need to be released, there still has been no word from Milwaukee County Emperor Chris Abele when and if the documents from the original Walkergate proceedings might be released.

Abele has been dragging his feet on this for months.  He first refused to ask for the documents back even though they are property of the county and it is his job to get them back.  His delaying became so egregious that the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors had to step in and tell him to do his job.

And even then, Abele dragged his feet and went so far as to suggest that Scott Walker be allowed to go through the documents to take out the things he didn't want to be made public.

There is no telling if and when Abele will release the documents or what shape they will be in when they finally do get released.  I would not be surprised if they are released with more missing data than a Richard Nixon tape.

It is really making me wonder just who is Abele trying to protect? Scott Walker? Sheldon Lubar? Himself?

You can help, gentle reader, by contacting Abele at 414-278-4211 or email him at countyexec@milwaukeecountywi.gov and tell him to release the documents in their entirety and to do so immediately.

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