Policy changes to look for with Wisconsin’s new Democratic attorney general

Josh Kaul will become Wisconsin’s new attorney general in just more than six weeks, after defeating Republican incumbent Brad Schimel. It’ll be the first time in a decade that the justice department will be led by a Democrat. And this likely means changes at the agency. > Milwaukee Public Radio

DOJ opened investigation on employee who criticized Schimel in the press

Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel investigated a former assistant attorney general after he made critical remarks in a newspaper story. At issue is whether the retiree, Thomas Dawson, provided confidential information to the press about a deal DOJ struck with a polluter, 3M. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Morale ‘extremely bad and sinking’ at DOJ, say ex- and current employees, citing Schimel’s management and partisanship

All AGs have political discretion, but some former and current DOJ employees say Brad Schimel takes his too far, with 14 of them holding a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday to outline their grievances. In addition, 45 former assistant attorneys general signed an open letter in August opposing Schimel’s re-election on the same grounds. > Cap Times

Consultant uncovers host of problems at DOJ crime labs overseen by Schimel’s office


Wisconsin’s crime labs are suffering from multiple shortcomings, including poor morale and accepting too much evidence from police, according to a report released Tuesday commissioned by the state DOJ. AG Brad Schimel, who is running for re-election, commissioned the review of DOJ the labs, which have been struggling with processing delays. > AP News

Ed Wall: The real story behind my dismissal by Brad Schimel

Former Walker official Ed Wall writes in the Cap Times: “In 2016, Attorney General Brad Schimel decided his friend should head the Division of Criminal Investigation, circumventing the law and transforming the long-established nonpartisan position into a political appointee subject to the AG’s influence. This should concern all Wisconsin citizens and legislators.”

Concerned about elder abuse, states loan out secret cameras

Wisconsin is taking a radical step to curb elder abuse and get reliable evidence for prosecutions — handing out free surveillance cameras to family members so they can secretly record caregivers suspected of hurting their loved ones. > AP News

DOJ reverses course on CBD oil

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AG Brad Schimel’s office now says it’s okay for authorized industrial hemp farmers to process it into cannabidiol, or CBD, oil. The stance represents a reversal from a DOJ memo sent last month that said only doctors and pharmacies can distribute the oil and people can possess it only with a doctor’s certification. > ABC 27 Madison