I should have know better. I should have listened to myself. After all, aren't I the one that always says when it comes to anything with Walker, there's more...there's always more?
And indeed, there is more.
Russell is headed back to court tomorrow. It turns out that he has a severe lawyer retention issue:
A new wrinkle in the embezzlement case against Timothy Russell, a former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker, surfaced Thursday that might mean a delay in his September trial.This article was written by Steve Schultze again. And par for the course, he got another wrong.
Prosecutors disclosed that Russell’s lawyer, Dennis Krueger, had taken a job as a Fond du Lac County prosecutor. While that job doesn’t formally begin until July 30, Krueger was appointed prosecutor June 13 had already begun reviewing criminal case files, according to a letter by Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf.
"This development has obvious and potentially serious consequences for the orderly progression of this case," Landgraf wrote in a letter to the presiding judge in the Russell case, David Hansher.
Krueger didn’t return a call seeking comment on whether he would withdraw as Russell’s lawyer.
A court hearing on the issue was slated for Friday.
He identified Krueger as Russell's third attorney in the case. The fact is that Krueger is Russell's fourth attorney. Russell also had Attorneys Andrew Franklin and John A. Birdsall before Krueger. And from the time of questioning on, Russell has retained the services of Michael Maistelman - at least until yesterday.
If Krueger is unable to continue to represent Russell, his next attorney will be number five.
There's a couple of other things that the corporate media won't report on.
One, Russell has been trying to avoid the media spotlight. That's why he's OKed his attorneys to leak information. He wanted to move the heat onto Walker or anyone else to take the attention off of him. This must be driving him even battier than normal.
Secondly, and possibly more importantly, Russell has been going through money like crazy. These extra hearings won't be helping his already deplenished checkbook at all. Whether Krueger gets to remain on the case or he has to get a fifth attorney, I would think he'd be all the more eager to see if he could reach some sort of plea deal. If not to lower the charges against him and those he could still be facing, but just to stop the money hemorrhaging.
I dare say that the Fourth of July won't be the last of the fireworks we'll be seeing this year.