DAILY WISCONSIN

Misconduct

Veterans

Whistleblowers, families ask for accountability at Tomah VA hearing http://t.co/iwp7Umreoq pic.twitter.com/LNWuBM72mY — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 31, 2015

Hazing @ UW-Madison

Investigation: UW-#Madison frat made pledges sleep in attic, wear pillowcases over heads,… http://t.co/X7QjA95gdm pic.twitter.com/vhZlNyd7tX — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 19, 2015

Ineffectual

One Johnson staffer told the whistleblower that back in October, and the assertion has been repeated in media reports by another Johnson aide. But a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who ran the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Federal Contracting Oversight, said Sunday that the whistleblower complaints never reached her or others…

Misdemeanor

Cornerback Jarrett Bush was booked early Sunday morning by the Vacaville (Calif.) Police Department on a charge of disorderly conduct while under the influence, per Solano County jail logs. Vacaville, Calif., is approximately 60 miles northwest of San Francisco. Via Packers’ Jarrett Bush arrested on public drunkennes charge @ JS Packers Blog.

Less than Americans deserve

Charles spent a year incarcerated after an unjust conviction in which the appeals court found that (1) a Walworth County Sheriff’s Department investigator gave “demonstrably false testimony” under oath about conversations with a witness, (2) a Walworth County Asst. District Attorney introduced clearly inadmissible evidence and argued evidence that was not true, and (3) Charles’s…

The Book on Prosecutorial Misconduct

U.S. Senator Orin Hatch (R-Utah) offered an unusual comment in last week’s confirmation hearings for the proposed new attorney general of the United States, Loretta Lynch. Hatch suggested the nominee read a book: Sidney Powell’s Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice (Brown Books Publishing Group, 2014). Hatch is right. Via US…

The VA’s Candy Man

An official confirmed that the state Department of Safety and Professional Services is investigating David Houlihan, chief of staff at the troubled Tomah facility. Houlihan had been given the nickname "Candy Man" by some vets for his supposedly easy and widespread distribution of painkillers. He wrote at least some of the prescriptions for a 35-year-old…

Gassed

According to the sheriff’s department, the deputy was filling up his squad car with gas when a car driven by Brian Hunt, 49, of Janesville attempted to turn into the gas station parking lot. Deputies said he missed the driveway, then drove through a ditch to get access to the gas station parking lot and…

Patient gets $2.5-million from jailbird surgeon

Todd Orvedahl was 35 when when he underwent back surgery in 2007, said Orvedahl’s attorney, Victor Harding. The procedure left Orvedahl in greater pain that persists today, Harding said. It was so bad that Orvedahl, who had risen from an estimator at F. J. A. Christiansen Roofing to president of the company, had to leave…

Policing for Profit

Doug Pettit of Oregon was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of tax fraud. He retired in September after two investigations into the Oregon Police Department were launched by the village and state Department of Justice. The Chippewa Herald reports the village accused Pettit of concealing information about police calls to a venue where he…

Annals of Milwaukee Policing

The beating occurred on the street in the early morning hours of Oct. 24, 2004. The officers accused Jude of stealing a police badge. They kicked him repeatedly in the head and body, pulled his fingers back, cut off his clothes with a knife and jammed pens in his ears, causing them to bleed for…

WISGOP legislative big takes deal on sexual assault

Just days ahead of a scheduled jury trial, prosecutors and state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) announced they’ve reached a plea deal regarding sexual assault charges filed against Kramer in March. Kramer agreed to plead no contest to two misdeneanor counts of fourt-degree sexual assault, and prosecutors will recommend a sentence of nine months…

Choreography

So here’s the sequence of events:  1) The cop encounters Hamilton who reacts with violence.  2)  The cop kills Hamilton.  3)  Chisholm “investigates” endlessly to avoid making any decision AT ALL in the case.  4) Chisholm (or Barrett–same difference) has a few quiet lunches with Flynn and persuades Flynn to fire the cop.  5)  Flynn…

Strip-searching cops investigated, uncharged

At least six Milwaukee police officers were investigated for impeding the inquiry into a series of illegal strip and cavity searches by their fellow officers, according to records recently made public in court. One officer told authorities she had not witnessed an improper search even though a video showed she was standing just a few…

FBI Liar Still on The Job

The former chief of the FBI Milwaukee office — believed to have encouraged perjury and then lied to investigators — is worthless as a witness and dishonors an agency that places a premium on integrity, according to bureau veterans and law enforcement experts. But Teresa Carlson remains a high-ranking FBI official in Washington, D.C., and…

Too much is too much

The Minnesota Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for Supreme Court is watching her support from the party erode. Party officials passed a resolution banning Michelle MacDonald from the GOP’s booth because of a pending drunken driving case. And the Republican nominee for attorney general on Thursday endorsed MacDonald’s opponent, longtime Democratic attorney and current Justice David…