There are two major problems with that course of action.
First, who in their right mind would trust the corporate media to be the holders of this information? There is no reason to believe that they would make all of the transcripts, emails and other documents available to the public. They would pick and choose which ones to release, with their own spin, in order to protect Scott Walker and other key politicos.
Secondly, there ought to be no reason to rely on the corporate media to get the documents released. These documents are property of Milwaukee County and as such, it would be the onus of Milwaukee County Emperor to demand the release of the documents. The fact that he hasn't done so in all of these months should raise eyebrows. Was it because he was simply too busy hanging with his plutocratic pals at the Greater Milwaukee Committee to do his job or maybe was he helping provide cover to Walker as a political favor to get Act 14 - the power grab bill - passed?
It turns out that their foot-stomping was for naught anyway.
The paper already had submitted a request for the records to be released and have now filed a lawsuit to get their corporate hands on them.
But even that might be moot - at least in part - thanks to one of Walker's political operatives, Kelly Rindfleisch.
a slap on the wrist. But even that slap was held so that she could appeal the conviction, even though she had entered a guilty plea as part of a plea bargain.
Ironically, it was because of Rindfleisch's appeal that now a great deal of the emails and other documents have been ordered to be released. Even more ironic is the fact the order came on a request by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen:
An appeals court judge ordered the release Wednesday of numerous documents in the closed secret investigation of aides to Gov. Scott Walker, including the personal emails of convicted aide Kelly Rindfleisch.Walker must be having conniptions about all this. Not only is there a good chance that said emails will hurt both his gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, but to have it done by one of the state's biggest Republican hacks has to be absolutely galling to Walker.
Also to be filed with the Court of Appeals are the search warrant for seizing records from Walker's office when he was Milwaukee County executive and a transcript of the secret hearing over that and other warrants. The search warrant was issued on Nov. 1, 2010, the day before Walker was elected governor.
Appeals Judge Patricia Curley ordered the filing of the records within 15 days as part of Rindfleisch's appeal. The office of Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen, a Republican, sought to include the records in the court file as it fights Rindfleisch's contention that the warrants were overly broad.
The release of the records would give a glimpse into the 21/2 year John Doe investigation of Walker aides. A John Doe proceeding is Wisconsin's form of a secret judicial investigation of potential crimes or public misconduct and is similar to a federal grand jury investigation.
And given how much information Rindfleisch has given us already, having unedited access to her emails and other documents is surely to make a lot of people wince, including her BFF Andrea Bloom, her other BFF Jim Villa and Keith Gilkes, whom we've learned had almost as much control over Walker's executive staff as Walker himself did - to name just a few.
Perhaps the most ironic and delicious part of this is to remember that it was Walker who has been funding Rindfleisch's legal defense.
Just think about that for a minute.
Walker was helping fund Rindfleisch's legal defense so that she wouldn't roll over and rat him out. But now, because of her legal defense, he is about to be exposed anyway, despite all the money he spent on trying to cover it all up.
Talk about poetic justice.
As a final note, there is one more person who cannot be too happy about this turn of events - Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm. As more information comes out with all the arrows pointing at Scott Walker, people are going to again to question why he suddenly halted the Walkergate proceedings and why he let Walker off the hook.