Argument: The specific provision of the judicial ethics code defines gifts as something that is received “without valuable consideration.” The contract that gave Michael Best a possibility of recovering legal fees was “valuable consideration” and thus the legal services were not a gift, Gableman attorney Viet Dinh of Washington, D.C., wrote in a letter to…
Gov. Scott Walker is reviewing whether to have his administration cut ties with an attorney who gave free legal service to state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, the governor said Thursday…. Michael Best & Friedrich last week disclosed Gableman did not pay for legal work that attorney Eric McLeod performed from July 2008 to July…
That’s $2,000.000.00: A state fund that pays victims of misconduct by dishonest lawyers doled out nearly $2 million in the past six years, nearly double the amount paid in the previous six, records analyzed by the Journal Sentinel show. The Wisconsin Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection – a little-known body created 30 years ago by…
Via FREE WHITEWATER.
Former D.A.’s motion to dismiss civil suit denied. Via Appleton Post-Crescent .
The state Department of Justice investigated an allegation that former Calumet County District Attorney Ken Kratz sexually assaulted a woman he previously prosecuted but declined to charge him because investigators felt the witness lacked credibility, records show. The Office of Lawyer Regulation found merit in the allegation, however, citing Kratz for two ethics violations related…
About that proposed lawyer regulation penalty against former DA Kratz… Via Fond du Lac Reporter.
Shameless greed and presumed entitlement to taxpayer money in perpetuity: Associate Provost Timothy Sewall retired from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in March and returned to his $110,000-a-year post a month later, collecting both his salary and about $44,000 in annual retirement payments,according to records obtained Wednesday by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Via Green Bay…
Oh, brother. Via Center for Media and Democracy.
They have over a month to get another three thousand or so. Via Sheboygan Press.
It’s the least they could do. Then again, perhaps it really does take one to know one… Via Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.
Inability or unwillingness? Via Eye on Wisconsin.
Did he retire the first time only to be rehired and get retirement pay and salary? Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Earlier: Did UW-Green Bay’s chancellor re-hire a retired administrator illegally, allowing him to collect his six-figure salary on top of his retirement benefits?
But could anyone on Supreme Court rule on recommended discipline, if any? Via Wisconsin State Journal. See, also, Wisconsin Judicial Commission.
Via La Crosse Tribune. Earlier: La Crosse Mayor Harter hasn’t taken ethics training yet, cites his busy schedule
Outrageous, and made worse by refusal to admit as much when confronted. Via GlendaleNOW.
Of course he does. Years-long trainwreck. Via La Crosse Tribune.
Retiree never even cleaned out his office. Via Chicago Trribune.
Momentum. Via Sheboygan Press.
Not much of a witness: He [Gableman] also claimed Bradley was a little taller than Prosser and described her looming over Prosser much as then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson did over a shorter senator in a famous photo. But the reports said Prosser is 6 inches taller than Bradley, who stands 5-feet-3-inches. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.…
But he had previously said that he knew it was 2008, because he had only been on the court a short while (“…reports also quote him as saying he had been on the court for about a month at the time. Gableman began his 10-year term on the high court Aug. 1, 2008.) Via Wisconsin State…
Cluelessness as a supposed defense. Via Racine Journal Times. Earlier: ‘Trying to cover it up … It just made things worse’
Of course he hasn’t. Clueless, but with sense of entitlement. Via La Crosse Tribune. Earlier: La Crosse Ethics Board: Mayor Barter Violated Ethics Code.
Plaintiff Angela Payne describes being ‘very., very happy’ with settlement. Via Sheboygan Press.
Shameful secrecy: information only became known after an Appleton Post-Crescent public records lawsuit. Records indicate Perry drank, swore, made crude remarks to women on the trip, overstepped his authority and got into a physical altercation with an assistant professor and her son, a student. Via Appleton Post-Crescent.
Outrageous effort to conceal public employee’s misconduct while in Africa; trustees learned only through Appleton Post-Cresecent public records lawsuit. Via Appleton Post-Crescent. Earlier: Misconduct in Africa ends UW-Fox Valley dean’s career.
Obvious ethical need for recusal will probably go ignored, unmet. Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
How’s that for a politically undesirable headline? Board should have assessed chances of ethics changes before scheduling vote. Via WiscNews.
15-0. Via Sheboygan Press. Earlier: Mayor Bob Ryan to Sheboygan City Council: I’m not going anywhere.
No time like the present, except about five months ago. Via WiscNews. Earlier: Pressure mounts over Sauk Board Supervisor’s Anti-Semitic Remark.
….expert on legal ethics, New York University School of Law professor Stephen Gillers, said Prosser shouldn’t hear the case because Troupis’ work was so important to keeping Prosser on the bench and because it occurred so recently. He said legal scholars may differ on the issue, but the argument for recusal is strong. “I think…
Drinking, scuffling…. Via http://www.Sheboygan Press.
Drinking, bar-scuffling, harassment-lawsuit-settling politician raises public’s ire. Via Sheboygan Press. See, also, copy of third citizen complaint.
Absentee ballots list return day two days after election.Organization claims it’s all an unfortunate mix-up. Via Politico.
No surprise – his tenure in public service was an an extended outrage, and his lobbying of government officials merely shows he’s unchanged. Via Bice at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has received dozens of complaints about Furniture Deals & Steals, with stores in Brookfield, Green Bay, Sheboygan, Fort Atkinson, Madison and Salem. Via WiscNews.