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JoAnne Kloppenburg Did NOT Put 80-Year-Old Man In Jail

April 4, 2011

Lets clear up one of those distortions that the David Prosser campaign is spinning about JoAnne Kloppenburg.

The Prosser team has made a point of stating JoAnne Kloppenburg put an 80-year-old farmer in jail for not planting native grasses on a field.   That is just bunk, bull, fiction.
Here is what happened.

A farmer named Wayne Hensler in Jefferson County was ordered by the State of Wisconsin to take action to stop pollution from run-off from his farm going into Rock Lake. Mr. Hensler refused to do the work but finally agreed to pay to have others do the remediation work. Then he refused to pay the money he’d agreed to pay.  Jefferson County Judge Randy Koschnick (who you may remember ran against Shirley Abrahamson) ordered Mr. Hensler to pay what he owed. He would not. Finally, another Judge in Jefferson  County, John Ullsvik, found Hensler in contempt and put him in jail for a few days.  Two facts are pertinent here: no attorney can put anyone in jail. Only a Judge can do that. Secondly, the farmer was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to pay money he had been repeatedly ordered to pay, not for “refusing to plant a field.”

  1. Solly permalink
    April 6, 2011 11:55 PM

    Not only that, the old coot ripped up planting that the DNR did after he refused to do it.

    it’s my land, i can do what I want with it even if it results in green lakes. I guess if Scott Wanker’s weathy contributors has a summer home and the lake and the realtors objected he’d get the death penalty and that would be okay. but the slime merchants can put out whatever they can pay for

  2. Johnny permalink
    April 4, 2011 9:46 PM

    Did he ever pay the bill after doing a couple of days in jail on contempt? Frankly, I don’t like the idea of a person getting jailed at all for failure to pay a bill, ordered or not. Once you go down that road, it’s a slippery slope to the old debtors prison that is no longer allowed in America.

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