In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article that blew up Scott Walker's pretenses of claiming to be cooperative with the Walkergate investigation, they also mentioned another bizarre defense strategy by Tim Russell:
Other records in Russell's filing this week show that former Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim, who is overseeing the John Doe investigation, agreed to expand the scope of the investigation at least seven times between May 11 and Nov. 30, 2010. In fact, prosecutors first expanded the investigation just three days after the case was opened, presumably in response to a No Quarter piece about a Walker staffer posting favorable comments about her boss on blogs and websites while she was on the job.
"To expand the scope of a John Doe proceeding to include investigating illegal campaign activity and a subsequent theft allegation unrelated to the time, circumstances and witnesses to the original 2006 theft clearly exceeds the scope and intent of the John Doe statute," wrote Krueger, Russell's attorney, in his motion asking Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher to throw out his client's charges.
Krueger also said in his filing that prosecutors have informed him that Russell remains a target of the investigation, despite having been already charged earlier this year.
By continuing to investigate his client in the John Doe after charging him, Krueger said, prosecutors increase their ability to "leverage the defendant into accepting a plea or (face) the prospect of defending against additional charges."
Landgraf declined to comment on the filing, saying he had not yet read it.
|Tim Russell was much more to Scott|
Walker than just his waterboy.
It seems to me that maybe Russell and/or his attorney wasted their time listening to the deplorable and utterly misnamed Citizens for Responsible Government and the mercenary lawyer Paul Bucher in trying to find ways to circumvent justice.
I don't think Russell's desperate tactic will yield anything he wants it to. The argument that the process is overreaching itself or that the judge doesn't have the right to do expand the investigation is pure balderdash, according to Attorney Marcus J. Berghahn of the law firm Hurley, Burish & Stanton S.C. in Madison, who explains the John Doe process at the State Bar of Wisconsin's website:
The powers of a judge presiding over a John Doe are broad and imbued with a great deal of discretion. The judge sits as a tribunal, and the judge’s authority has been interpreted to include the authority to issue subpoenas, adjourn proceedings, take possession of subpoenaed records, adjudicate probable cause, determine whether a lawyer has a conflict of interest in representing a witness, and to issue and seal search warrants.
As the investigation in Milwaukee County has shown, the John Doe proceeding may lead to criminal charges. Those charges need not be directly related to the complaint that started the proceeding. When complete, the judge will determine whether probable cause exists to charge any additional individuals with a crime.
Update: I completely forgot that Russell has his final pretrial hearing on Monday, so there might be a whole slew of information coming out that day.
What could be better than on the day before one of the biggest elections in state history, having a front page, top of the newscast reminder that Scott Walker is John Doe.
P.S. Scott Walker just might have multiple personalities, as that it looks more and more like he is RICO Suave.