Friday, February 17, 2012

84 Emails That Should Kill The Maps

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge, JP Stadmeuller wrote a another scathing statement regarding Republican legislators attempts to hide the secretive and illegal dealings they orchestrated in redrawing Wisconsin legislative maps. Stadmueller also released the 84 emails Republicans tried to suppress and now we know why.

In his statement, Stadmueller said:
"Without a doubt, the Legislature made a conscious choice to involve private lawyers in what gives every appearance of an  attempt—albeit poorly disguised—to cloak the private machinations of Wisconsin’s Republican legislators in the shroud of attorney-client privilege. What could have—indeed should have—been accomplished publicly instead took place in private, in an all but shameful attempt to hide the redistricting process from public scrutiny."
Reading through the emails has left pretty much everyone stunned. The first thing to notice is that all of emails exchanged between legislative aides Tad Ottman and Adam Foltz to Van Wanggaard's recall attorney, Eric McLeod and others take place illegally through their Gmail accounts.

Attorney's brazen admission of "wildly gerrymandering" districts in Milwaukee and expert witnesses scheduled to give supportive testimony - who haven't seen the maps. All should be enough to throw the maps out next week in court. But this is anything can happen.

As smarter people than the Siren sift through the emails for further revelations of criminal behavior by the Fitzgerald brothers, Robin Vos and the lawyers at Michael Best & Friedrich the Journal Times remains silent and refrains from revealing to the public all of the misdeeds local legislators have participated in.