Saturday, February 15, 2014

Target files civil rights lawsuit against Wisconsin’s John Doe prosecutors

By M.D. Kittle, February 10, 2014
Part 24 of 25 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War
MADISON, Wis. — The only target of a Democrat-driven John Doe investigation to speak out publicly against what many Wisconsin conservatives see as a political witch hunt has made good on his promise to take prosecutors to court, charging they violated his civil rights.
Eric O’Keefe and his Wisconsin Club for Growth filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday against the special prosecutor, the presiding judge and top prosecutors in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office.
“This secret investigation and gag order on conservative activists is intended to stop their political successes in Wisconsin,” O’Keefe said in a news release. “The state cannot be allowed to silence political speech it does not like.”…… Wisconsin’s unique John Doe probes act like grand jury investigations but grant a great deal of power and discretion to the judge and the prosecution in the court-administered dragnets. In this case, individuals from dozens of conservative groups have been questioned, some subjected to pre-dawn raids and property seizures. Under the terms of the secret John Doe, the targets cannot not talk publicly about the investigation, under penalty of contempt of court charges and possible jail time.….To Read More…..

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