Now, before people get bent out of shape, let's put some perspective on this whole thing.
It should be noted that Randa is a right wing nut job himself. He is a advisor of the Federalist Society who was appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush. He has a history of making very questionable rulings that have a propensity of being overturned. Some of his bigger highlights include ruling on the Milwaukee Diocese bankruptcy case even though he has a vested interest in the Diocese.
Another classic from Randa is when he compared a drug dealer to Hitler:
Leniency requests were made for Figueroa on grounds he loves his family. Randa dismissed those requests, saying: "Hitler was admired by his family ... loved his dog. Yet he killed 6 million Jews."Randa is also the judge that presided over the miscarriage of justice regarding the incorrect conviction of Georgia Thompson, the former state worker. (And lest we forget, Steve Biskupic was the prosecuting attorney then and now is the attorney representing Walker's campaign.)
Randa's ruling also doesn't make a helluva lot of sense.
In general, Randa is saying that he cannot stop the Doe investigations if people had been charged, but since it's still in the investigative stage, he's free to stop it. What he doesn't explain in his ruling is how the prosecutors are supposed to get to the charging stage without first doing an investigation.
In another tidbit, Randa said that one of the subjects/complainants, Eric O'Keefe had his free speech "devastated" because he's already lost out on $2 million in potential fundraising.
Aww, poor baby. Now he's just like the rest of us. How unfair is that!
Another amazing line from Randa was this:
"O'Keefe and the Club obviously agree with Governor Walker's policies, but coordinated ads in favor of those policies carry no risk of corruption because the Club's interests are already aligned with Walker and other conservative politicians," Randa wrote. "Such ads are meant to educate the electorate, not curry favor with corruptible candidates."If I'm reading that quote correctly, it seems that Randa is saying that there is no risk of corruption because the corruption is already there. It's pretty obvious why Randa did not provide a rationale for this statement. He couldn't. It's pretty obvious that the money being made by the special interests due to their laws being passed by Walker is ample proof of the tit for tat scheme going on and that they were currying favor for their own personal gain.
I do take comfort in knowing that our suspicions about the corrupt R.J. Johnson (known for his involvement with Walker's county/campaign operations) and his equally sketchy wife, Valerie Johnson, are targets of the investigation.
I find it also interesting that Deb Jordahl, a right wing operative and former blogger was part of the skulduggery. Again, it makes me question why many of the most predominate right wing blogs all shut down about the same time. Did Jordahl give them a heads up, causing them to close shop?
My best advice is not to get too hung up on this ruling.
Yes, the right wing will bloviate about it until they are blue in the face. But that is only because they are desperate to get their donors back. They want to assure their dark money sources that it's again safe to donate so that they can help buy elections this fall.
But it's not really safe. It's pretty obvious that this ruling will be appealed and overturned. Sadly, it probably won't be before November's election. But if I were a right wing donor, I would have to think twice about whether a short term gain for Walker would be the risk of jail time and/or huge fines.
Walker and company haven't thwarted justice, they've only delayed the inevitable.
And even if Walker and company were successful in stopping the local prosecution, it would have no impact on any federal investigation and/or indictments.
On a final note, given this new delay in the Walkergate investigation, it does make Chris Abele's willful decision to aid in the cover up by refusing to regain the emails and other documents from the first John Doe loom even larger. Again, just whose side is he on?