By Kyle Maichle, Editor of Wisconsin Election Watch,
MILWAUKEE – The attorneys representing Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, two of his Assistant District Attorneys, and three other defendants are planning to appeal a ruling issued by Eastern District of Wisconsin federal judge Rudy Randa on Tuesday to the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Randa’s ruling stopped a John Doe investigation targeting Governor Scott Walker and related conservative groups.
Attorney Samuel Leib said:”We are disappointed that the District Court elected to issue a ruling today without a hearing and that it did so shortly after jurisdiction was vested in the Appellate Court as a result of an appeal filed in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. All courts, federal and state, are entitled to the respect of the litigants, and the laws of the United States allow redress in the appellate courts. This is the legal and respectful path in response to the District Court’s ruling of which we will fully avail ourselves.”
The statement also argued that Judge Randa cannot order records from the John Doe to be destroyed, that the defendant’s due process rights were being denied due to no hearing being held, that the plaintiff’s complaint has no merit, and that no citizen of Wisconsin is above the law on laws pertaining to campaign finance. Leib said that members of the media are making a motion trying to release the records to the public.
Wisconsin Election Watch will monitor this story as any new developments break.