When his legal maneuverings in circuit court didn't work, he started filing appeals.
The first appeal was that the case should be heard in Columbia County, even though the alleged crimes happened in Milwaukee County and Rindfleisch signed employment papers stating that she was a Milwaukee County citizen.
This appeal was summarily denied.
Undaunted, Rindfleisch then filed a second appeal, trying to claim universal immunity, arguing that the immunity she received a decade ago on the first caucus scandals applied across space and time and covered all past and future crimes she might have committed.
There are apparently limitations to immunity after all and the court also denied this one immediately.
But it's not time to dig into the popcorn just yet.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gimbel is gearing up for a third crack at the appellate court:
Gimbel said he plans to appeal another ruling by Hansher denying an attempt to suppress evidence collected under a search warrant from Rindfleisch's home last year. Gimbel said prosecutors' collection of emails from two of Rindfleisch's personal accounts for a two-year period amounted to a fishing expedition.Yeah, never mind that the prosecutors already had a ton of evidence from her county office in then County Executive Scott Walker's suite, including the secret router, to take her to trial. If they were fishing, it was in a barrel stocked with them.
Obviously, this is nothing more than a stalling technique by Gimbel.
A faithful reader had opined that Gimbel is simply acting like any good lawyer and doing whatever he can to keep his client out of prison for as long as he possibly can. And I'm sure there is a certain amount of merit to this train of thought.
But I think of this and wonder if Gimbel might not be thinking of other considerations as he tries to stall the case:
I've questioned before just how Rindfleisch is able to afford a high caliber, high cost attorney like Franklyn Gimbel. I've heard Walker has his people, including campaign manager Keith Gilke doing some fundraising on the side for Kelly.For those not aware, the Wisconsin Center District includes some of the top venues in downtown Milwaukee, including the ailing BMO Bradley Center, home of the Milwaukee Bucks. The district board has been hinting at seeking a sales tax to pay for building a new arena for the Bucks to play in. Wouldn't a nice way to get the anti-tax Scott Walker to have a change of heart be to delay any legal proceedings that he might not want to go forward?
But could there be other things at play?
Gimbel is the chairman of the Wisconsin Center District board. His appointment expired three months ago. One would think that Scott Walker would want to put his own people in there immediately, as he is wont to do everywhere else. Or are there other considerations at play here?
One thing we know is that Rindfleisch probably isn't paying for Gimbel's legal services on her own. She's not very good at doing an honest day's work.
And then there is also the nagging question of who the hell is paying for Gimbel's services?