Just last week, Russell's domestic and business partner, took a plea deal. Instead of being convicted of child enticement, he was able to get off the hook with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
So as one can plainly see, these two miscreants are completely and utterly morally and ethically bankrupt.
But they are also financially bankrupt. As I kept pointing out, Russell was strapped for cash, having spent all of his purloined money on vacations and whatnot.
Thanks to a friend of Cog Dis, I have been made privy to the paperwork showing that both Russell and Pierick had filed for bankruptcy on March 30, 2012. That was about the time that two of Russell's attorneys - Mike Maistelman and Andrew Franklin - started arguing over some money that Russell came across from his mother.
(By the way, the bankruptcy papers showed that Russell's mother ended up giving him $10,000 during this whole mess. Another woman gave Russell $7,500. Talk about throwing good money after bad!)
What is interesting is that the attorney representing both men is Michael P. Maxwell.
For the political wonks, that name might ring a bell, as it should. Both Attorney Maxwell and his wife, Georgia, have ties directly to Scott Walker, as evidenced in this press release - and take note who sent out said press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2008Not only did Russell work with the Maxwells on Walker's last campaign to be Milwaukee County Executive, but Pierick also fits in this big, warm, politically incestuous family. As we learned in Russell's sentencing memo, Pierick used to work for Attorney Maxwell.
Contact: Tim Russell (414) 298-0008
GEORGIA MAXWELL NAMED WALKER CAMPAIGN MANAGER
WEST ALLIS – Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker announced today the hiring of long-time Wisconsin political professional and small business owner Georgia Maxwell as campaign manager of his
Milwaukee County Executive re-election campaign.
“Georgia has extensive campaign experience and great enthusiasm. I am pleased to have her in this leadership role,” Walker said. “She will make an excellent addition to our already strong team.”
“It is an honor and a privilege to serve in this role on Scott’s campaign,” Maxwell said. “I am excited to play a part in his re-election efforts so that he can continue to fight for the taxpayers of Milwaukee County.”
Maxwell has extensive Wisconsin campaign experience stretching back over a decade. In addition to helping elect Dan Vrakas as Waukesha County Executive in 2005, she has worked on numerous attorney
general, congressional, legislative, and municipal elections, including Bob Welch’s 1994 U.S. Senate race.
Currently, Maxwell is President of the Maxwell Group, a public affairs, grassroots, and message development consulting firm. Previously, she was employed as Government Affairs Director for the
Wisconsin Credit Union League and as a Capitol staffer for more than 10 years, working for State Senator Mike Ellis and State Representative Luther Olsen.
Maxwell received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin –Madison. She is married with three children. Her husband, Mike Maxwell, is a prominent attorney in West Allis.
But there are some other points of interest that I gleaned from the paperwork.
One is that both men have the same address listed. However, that address is for a UPS store mailbox.
Another peculiarity is that Russell is suing his former employer, Wyndham Resorts for wrongful termination. Likewise, Pierick is suing the State of Wisconsin for wrongful termination. What makes this really weird is that both men have retained Attorney Andrew Franklin to pursue these matters.
Yes, that's the same Attorney Andrew Franklin who stopped representing Russell during the Walkergate trial because Russell couldn't or wouldn't pay him anymore.
Presuming that Russell and Pierick were smart enough to figure this out, how do you suppose that made them feel. Furthermore, do you think that this would be enough to get them to spill everything they knew?
If so, there are probably some very nervous people out there that aren't getting a lot of rest.