Schimel’s sloppy report on John Doe leaks won’t help his reputation

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While Attorney General Brad Schimel’s recent report on the John Doe probe fails to prove who leaked material to the Guardian, it succeeds in making numerous political points in passing. If there were any doubt that the Wisconsin DOJ has become a Republican instrument, this report would settle the issue. > Urban Milwaukee

Partisan divide deepens over John Doe investigation

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The deep partisan divide over a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall reignited this week after the release of a state Department of Justice investigative report that said those who seized personal emails from scores of Republicans and didn’t keep them secure should be held in contempt. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

DOJ recommends discipline rather than criminal charges on John Doe leak, and reveals ‘John Doe III’ investigation

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The Wisconsin DOJ is recommending disciplinary action against several former employees of the now-shuttered Government Accountability Board following completion of an investigation into documents leaked from a secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign and his conservative allies. The report also references a third John Doe investigation, previously unknown to the public. > Cap Times

Zweifel: AG Schimel’s become a partisan hack

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Has Wisconsin’s attorney general, Brad Schimel, become nothing more than a partisan hack? What else can you call a state official elected to protect the interests of all Wisconsin citizens who only takes on cases that are pet projects of his fellow Republicans? > Cap Times

Several states searching out flawed FBI hair, fiber cases; Wisconsin is not

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States including Massachusetts, Iowa and Arizona are initiating their own reviews of microscopic hair and fiber analysis cases, prompted by the FBI’s nationwide inquiry. Wisconsin — which has seen at least three convictions overturned after such analysis has been proven to be wrong — has no plans to do the same. > Cap Times

Wisconsin DOJ agent who blew the whistle in 2012 says experience ruined him

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Former undercover narcotics agent Dan Bethards says his decision to report suspected illegal activity within the state Department of Justice caused him to lose his job, his home and his reputation. Regretting his choice to blow the whistle, he says he wouldn’t do it again. > Cap Times