Governor Walker Hires Prominent Criminal Defense Attorney

This is ramping up just in time for the recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Gov. Scott Walker has hired two experienced defense attorneys and will meet with Milwaukee County prosecutors about the John Doe investigation into his current and former aides.

Walker, a Republican, said he had hired two attorneys, Michael Steinle and John Gallo. Steinle, a prominent criminal defense attorney, has declined to return repeated calls this week. A spokesman for Gallo, a former federal prosecutor based in Chicago at the firm Sidley Austin LLP, said the firm didn’t comment on ongoing matters.

Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, who is overseeing the John Doe investigation, also declined to comment.

“I have nothing to say on that,” Landgraf said.

Taking questions from reporters last week, Walker said that he was not a target of the John Doe investigation.

But the governor last week declined to answer a question about whether he or his legal team had been contacted by investigators. Earlier in January, Walker had said flatly that he had not been contacted by prosecutors.

It’s not clear from the statement how Walker is paying for Steinle and Gallo. His campaign records show no payments to either lawyer’s firm.

Former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, who is representing Walker’s campaign, had pointed out last year that Wisconsin statutes do not allow campaign funds to be used for “the purpose of supporting or defending a person who is being investigated for, charged with or convicted of a criminal violation.”

But Wisconsin politicians may set up defense funds and transfer donations from their campaign account if they get contributors’ authorization. Former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, a Republican, and ex-Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala, a Democrat, both set up defense funds to help pay for their lawyers after they were charged criminally during the caucus scandal nearly a decade ago.

Federal records do not indicate that Walker has created such a fund.

Steinle is one of Milwaukee’s most established criminal defense attorneys, representing defendants charged with everything from white-collar crimes to murder.

His grandfather, Roland J. Steinle Sr., served on the state Supreme Court in the 1950s, resigning to launch an unsuccessful bid to defeat then-U.S. Sen. William Proxmire. Steinle’s father, Roland J. Steinle Jr., was known as a hard-nosed trial attorney whose best known client was Milwaukee crime boss Frank Balistrieri.

Last week, two staffers who worked directly for Walker while he was county executive were charged with illegally doing political work while being paid by taxpayers to do county jobs.

Graeme Zielinski, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, said that the state “has never had a governor so closely tied to an ongoing criminal corruption probe.”

Family Research Council Upset Over Same-Sex Relationships In Star Wars

Does Tony Perkins ever wake up in the morning not ticked off at gay people?

Now we learn Perkins is all lathered up over same-sex relationships in a Star Wars game!

Really?

This is what gets Perkins all itching to get in front of a microphone so to alert his fan base they should be on the watching out for gay animated characters in a video game?

Christian issues group The Family Research Council has begun retaliating against Star Wars: The Old Republic for its plans to include same-sex relationships.

Speaking on his regular radio show, FRC president Tony Perkins lambasted BioWare’s in-game relationships, stating “in a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists.”

As reported by Opposing Views, Perkins went on to warn that the same-sex slant will “Star Warp” children.

Perhaps Tony Perkins is just suffering from lightsaber envy.

Del Phillips, Facebook Friend, Makes WGN-TV News About Chicago Jobs Program

I hope someone in the Chicagoland area who watched WGN-TV news saw this story, and thinks Del Phillips is a thoughtful and articulate person worthy of a position in a company.

Many unemployed have gone back to school, not always an affordable option with little or no money coming in. That’s why Chicago Career tech has partnered with schools like Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy – picking up the re-training tab for qualified applicants. Howard Tullman is the President and CEO. “When they’re done, they’ll have the ability to answer the question that we think 100% of every business in the world is now asking which is how do I get my business on the web? How do I take all my analog materials and turn it into digital? How do I get my story out there? What’s a blog? What’s Twitter? What’s a social media program?” Phillips had a social media headstart with his blog” “Reframe Shame.” It keeps his writing skills sharp and provides a forum to openly discuss the challenges and frustrations of long term unemployment.

Susan G. Komen WILL Fund Planned Parenthood

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation pulling of funds to Planned Parenthood was one of the most befuddling stories to come along in a long time.  There was no reason for it other than some very crass politics and anti-abortion zeal.  The breast cancer-related services provided to women all over the nation was to suffer due to some very unexplained backroom politics.

The national outrage was fast and furious.  This morning–can you believe it–there is now a reversal from the folks at  Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation about the funding.

While I am glad to see the threat of pulling funds was taken off the table, there are still the images of the spokeswoman for the Komen fund defending the idea on television this past week, and making it appear that it was not a political statement.

Komen released the following statement Friday:

“We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned  Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while  maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet  the needs of their communities,” the charity says in a statement.

“It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause,  slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be  administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge  everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the  last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred  or affected by politics — anyone’s politics.”

Rather poor choices of words considering how this  all started.