Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lost in inauguration coverage, WI Doe documents coming

Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for this rather newsy happening:
Wisconsin Supreme Court orders John Doe documents in Gov. Walker case released
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of documents from John Doe investigations of Gov. Scott Walker and his associates relating to Walker's time as Milwaukee county executive and then governor. 
I see the same story on some state TV station websites, including Channel 15, WMTV, Madison, and WBAY, Channel 2 in Green Bay, but my cursory Google searches show nothing yet by 2 p.m. today in Milwaukee. Apologies if I've missed them.

The most-recent document release took place via The Guardian, through a leak, and was widely-distributed.
A new batch of leaked documents provides the most complete record yet of how Gov. Scott Walker raised millions of dollars for a supposedly independent, tax-exempt group during the 2011 and 2012 recalls — activity that prompted a now-halted John Doe investigation into whether Walker's recall campaign circumvented state campaign finance law. 
The newly revealed donations to the Wisconsin Club for Growth included six-figure sums from a lead producer who later stood to benefit from changes slipped into the 2013-15 state budget. 
The more than 1,300 pages of documents were posted online Wednesday by Guardian US, an arm of the British-based newspaper The Guardian. It's unclear how the newspaper obtained the documents, which had previously been held under seal.
The Wisconsin Attorney General intends to investigate that leak



Anonymous said...

According to the latest press release from Governor Scott Wanker he has reason to believe that the Wisconsin Attorney General intends to investigate the Wisconsin Supreme Court for this latest leak!

Chris said...

Didn't the Wisconsin Supreme Court originally order the documents to be destroyed? What gives with this new order?

James Rowen said...

That order was blocked by a federal court in record time.

Chris said...

Yes, I recall that the federal court blocked it - but why the change of heart on the part of the Wisconsin Supreme Court? Do they feel they have no choice but to release them? Or is there some other motive?

Anonymous said...

They are releasing a heavily redacted version of the documents. They can say they released them while not releasing the information. It is pure spin and alternative facts.