Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Looking More And More Likely To Be In Legal Trouble

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a rising star in conservative circles who is facing a recall after assaulting workers' rights, may face a bigger problem than the recall. He may be in legal trouble as the investigation into his administration as Milwaukee county executive continues. It seems more and more likely that the governor was part of a broad conspiracy to use government resources for political purposes.

A 51-page criminal complaint [PDF] (the "Rindfleisch complaint"), which formally charges Kelly M. Rindfleisch with four felony counts of misconduct in public office, contains factual allegations which implicate a number of individuals, listed as "interested parties," including WI's controversial Republican Governor, in a wide-reaching criminal conspiracy to misuse public employees and resources for partisan political gain.

The Rindfleish complaint was filed in the Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Jan. 26, 2012 by Milwaukee County District Attorney John T. Chisholm. It's the product of an ongoing criminal investigation (the "John Doe" investigation) of the Milwaukee County Executive Office during Walker's tenure as County Executive there. The complaint specifically involves the period during which Tim Russell and then Rindfleish served as Walker's Deputy Chiefs of Staff.


The factual body of the Rindfleisch complaint suggests that prosecutors are painstakingly examining evidence that may well place Walker at the center of a criminal conspiracy to illegally utilize employees within the Milwaukee County Executive Office to engage in fundraising and campaign activities on behalf of the Friends of Scott Walker and others during office hours at the expense of Milwaukee taxpayers.

Ernest A. Canning goes into great detail at Bradblog about the details of the case and how Walker ties into the ongoing investigation.


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