Leakers In Scott Walker John Doe Probe Make Strange Claim
The claims from some of the lawyers for defendants in the Scott Walker John Doe Probe strikes me as rather amateurish.
Might I suggest that there would be less leaking, and surely less time involved with this probe into the political activities, and other possible crimes of Scott Walker while serving as Milwaukee County Executive, if there was a more forthright decision to just come clean with the facts. If those who know what happened–and the includes Scott Walker–would just ante up honest information instead of hide behind layers of criminal defense attorneys, this probe could move along in a timely fashion.
Responding to claims they had leaked information on the John Doe investigation involving some of Gov. Scott Walker’s aides, Milwaukee County prosecutors say two of the leaks came from attorneys for one of the defendants.
Michael Maistelman, a lawyer for defendant Timothy Russell, sent an email to radio talk show host Charlie Sykes on Jan. 22, tipping off Sykes to the likelihood that two other former Walker aides would be charged that week. Those aides, Darlene Wink and Kelly Rindfleisch, were charged four days later on Jan. 26.
Russell held jobs as Walker’s deputy chief of staff and housing director while Walker was Milwaukee County executive. Wink was Walker’s constituent services aide and Rindfleisch was a policy adviser and later a deputy chief of staff.
Sykes and other backers of the Republican governor have accused prosecutors of illegally leaking information on the Doe investigation, which was launched more than two years ago.
Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf says in a filing in the Russell case that it was remarkable Russell’s lawyers had complained of a “not-so-secret” John Doe investigation when they disclosed information themselves.
Landgraf also points out that Russell’s lawyers released material in a May 30 filing that suggested that Walker’s staff had stalled the prosecutors’ investigation while Walker was Milwaukee County executive and a candidate for governor in 2010. That filing came the day before a debate in the gubernatorial recall election between Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and became a prime focus of that debate.