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John Doe Probe Becoming Who’s Who List For Defense Attorneys

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on January 12, 2011

From Milwaukee County First:

At the tail end of last year, we discussed some of the actions taken by Milwaukee County Executive Lee Holloway.  This included terminating the employment of at least four Walker staffers including Tim Russell, Bob Nenno and Steven Kreklow.

We speculated that Tim Russell was fired, at least in part, due to hisinvolvement in a growing scandal regarding illegal campaign activities during the gubernatorial election.

According to the last report, Russell and former Walker aide Darlene Wink are both being investigated in a John Doe investigation regarding whether they participated in illegal campaign activities.  The investigation has a second tine looking into whether the Walker campaign received illegal donations from William E. Gardner, president and CEO of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co.

If nothing else, this John Doe is, as it keeps expanding to include more and more people, is a windfall for Milwaukee area defense attorneys.

As listed in the newspaper’s article, we know that Michael Maistelman is representing Tim Russell.  Former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic has been retained by the Walker campaign.  Christopher Weismueller is representing Darlene Wink.  Robert Friebert is defending William Gardner.

Milwaukee County First has learned of two other big name attorneys who have been hired by people embroiled in this scandal.

One of the attorneys is Frank Gimbel.  It is not known who Gimbel is representing, but the rumor is that it might be Tom Nardelli, who was Walker’s Chief of Staff.

The other name that MCF has heard of becoming involved in this matter is former Waukesha District Attorney Paul Bucher.  It is not known at the time of this writing who has retained Bucher’s services.

Well, when Scott Walker was running for governor, he did promise to bring 250,000 jobs to Wisconsin.  He just failed to mention that it would all the jobs would be involved with the various defense teams stemming from the investigation of his administration and his campaign.


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