plea bargain, emphasis on the word bargain.
In sum, Rindfleisch is to plead guilty to one count of Misconduct in Office (Class I Felony), while the other three charges are dropped. And that's only the beginning. Other things she's getting include:
- She won't be charged for any crimes in Columbia County
- The DA will only recommend jail time.
- Even if she get's jail time, she could get work release.
- She has the right to appeal, which her attorney has indicated he would do.
- She won't have to sit in prison until the appeal is heard.
- She wont have to pay any fines.
This, as one might imagine, set the left into a mass tizzy. There was outrage on how long this has taken and that there is "nothing" to show for it. I'll admit I was a bit upset until I had a chance to thoroughly read and reread the letter and do some thinking on it.
On the right side of the cheddarsphere, they were gloating and doing as they have after every charge and every conviction, saying that it only went to vindicate Scott Walker.
For example, look at what the newest water boy for MacIver, James "I'm a Professional" Wigderson, had to say on the matter:
Kelly Rindfleisch is supposed to plead guilty tomorrow to one felony count of campaigning on county time. Missing from the Wispolitics.com article is that she was doing the work for Brett Davis’ campaign for Lieutenant Governor, not Governor Scott Walker’s campaign. Instead, they imply her activity had something to do with his campaign.I can't tell if Wigderson is purposely trying to mislead his readers or if he is really that much in denial.
The letter does not include any provisions that would require her to testify against others in the ongoing John Doe probe into allegations that campaign work was done out of Walker’s office while he was Milwaukee County executive and running for governor.Of course, there will be a liberal feeding frenzy until she actually pleads guilty because they are going to completely ignore, “The letter does not include any provisions that would require her to testify against others in the ongoing John Doe probe…”
It looks like another dead end for Wisconsin leftists hoping to get rid of the governor before the end of his term.
she's already gave them what they needed, as pointed out by Rindfleisch's attorney, Frank Gimbel (emphasis mine):
The proposed settlement of the case does not include any requirement that Rindfleisch cooperate with prosecutors on other cases, which often is required by prosecutors in such deals.Wigderson also things he scores points when he highlights that the charges was due to her campaigning only for Davis, as if this somehow exempts Walker from the same issue.
Landgraf declined to comment on the plea agreement when contacted Wednesday.
Gimbel said Rindfleisch had already been "thoroughly debriefed" by prosecutors. Rindfleisch's future cooperation wasn't a major issue in the plea deal, he said. Gimbel noted the lack of such a requirement wasn't unusual.
Well, there are a couple of things he would need to address to be considered a legitimate reporter and not a two-bit propagandist.
One, the actual criminal complaint and subsequent release of transcripts reveal that she was doing work on both campaigns. Just as Tim Russell has yet to be charged with all the crimes he could be charged with, doesn't mean that they wont' so it later. Heck, for Rindfleisch, they could almost submit the same complaint and get her for doing Walker's campaign work.
Wigderson would also have to explain why he changed his mind from what he wrote earlier in the year:
It’s the charges against the other Walker aide that present the bigger problem.
Kelly Rindfleisch is accused of fundraising from her Milwaukee County office for Brett Davis, a candidate for lieutenant governor. According to the criminal complaint against Rindfleisch, she was hired by Russell as a policy analyst for Walker.
In a text message exchange with another Walker confidant, Rindfleisch said that half her work was being done for the Walker campaign for governor.
Secondly, Wigderson would also have to explain the ethics dilemma Walker had and still has due to all of this, which Wigderson himself pointed out:
Then there’s the ethics question. Walker has the same information we all do about Rindfleisch’s fundraising activities on Davis’ behalf. What possible reason could Walker have for keeping Davis and Werwie?If Walker was as innocent as Wigderson is trying to portray him now, he would need to honestly answer his own question.
Thirdly, in order to buy into Wigderson's spin of things, one would have to ignore the fact that she was doing said campaign work in Walker's county executive's suite on county time and with county equipment. But more significantly, Walker knew all about the illegal campaigning and only ordered it to stop, using his campaign email, in an email to Tim Russell, even though he wasn't in Walker's office anymore. Yet it was Rindfleisch that responded to the email by taking out the secret router.
There is more on this plea bargain, but I will hold off on that until after Thursday's hearing to elaborate.
The one thing that everyone, regardless of which side they are on - Walker's or justice's - needs to remember is that Rindfleisch is still relatively small potatoes. She was pretty much at the bottom of the food chain. Her case, as well as Russell's and Darlene Wink's, are only to set the base for the larger investigations.
There is still the issue of the pay for play and bid rigging that went on regarding where a county department was housed.
It took the prosecutors in Illinois four years to get Blago. We need to be a little more patient and let District Attorney John Chisholm and his staff do their jobs.
I'd rather have them take their time and get the job done correctly than speed through things and allowing the weasels to walk.