Your Views: Media distort details of ruling in Doe probe of Walker
Many media outlets followed the biased Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s lead and ran with dishonest and misleading headlines such as “Prosecutors allege Gov. Walker at the center of a ‘criminal scheme.’” The 7-month-old failed argument of prosecutors was treated like new charges. The prosecution’s motion was rejected by the court, and the subpoenas were thrown out. The presiding judge, Gregory Peterson, said no laws had been violated. His ruling was bolstered by decisions by Federal Judge Rudolph Randa and by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The “criminal scheme” theory being touted by Mary Burke’s ads and Democratic fundraisers is based on a conspiracy theory soundly rejected as false by multiple separate courts. Judge Peterson wrote, “The subpoenas do not show probable cause that the moving parties committed any violations of the campaign finance laws.” The subpoenas obtained by the Democratic district attorney were a fishing expedition against conservatives. They obtained all communications, records, invoices and drafts of advertisements dating back to 2009. They found no evidence of wrongdoing. The biased DA asked for no documents looking for coordination between Kathleen Falk, Tom Barrett, United Wisconsin, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Obama.
There have been no charges filed against Walker. The DA’s rejected theory does not equal a crime. The prosecutors have lost their case, and they should face serious civil rights lawsuits. Mary Burke and Democrats can’t run on their failed history, so they are left with lying about this issue.