And the Class I Felony Award goes to…

The envelope please…

Two brothers, Jeff and Scott Fitzgerald, control the Wisconsin Assembly and the Senate. They seem to be the nominees for this years Class I felony awards and the air is filled with tension as Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne receives the “envelope” containing the winner’s name. The envelope is not your typical business size variety. No. This is more of a package containing 84 documents recording communications between the Michaeal Best Law firm and the GOP legislators who drew up the new district voting maps. The contents of this envelope could well declare the winner of the Class I Felony award, and the judge is reviewing the documents as you read this.

The winner will rise from the Assembly or Senate floor amidst flashing cameras and shocked reaction of those assembled to approach the dais to give credit to all those who served behind the scenes, with a speech that will likely begin with, “I don’t know who to thank first”. Regardless of which brother is the winner, the recipent is likely to acknowledge their father, who was appointed by Walker as the head of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

One can only imagine how the speech could continue but read a possible transcript in the side bar at the right.

Speech…Speech!

I could not have done this without the expert guidance of Scott Walker, who demonstrated the courage and disregard of ethics during his campaign, to inspire me to accomplish these measures.

I would like the thank all of the attorneys of the Michael Best and Troupis Law Offices and especially Eric McLeod whose name appears on many of the documents whose content has allowed me to accept this award.

One does not accomplish great feats in a vacuum and I must give credit to American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) for their continued and undaunted efforts to manipulate state legislation, even though they had no acquaintance with the people of Wisconsin who would be affected.

Then there are those brave GOP legislators who agreed to the confidentiality agreement. They have demonstrated the highest degree of heroism in quaffing the laws and statutes that protect Democracy in the State of Wisconsin. It is by their silence to the unethical maneuvering to produce maps, which are most beneficial to the greedy few, that I am here to accept this year’s Class I Felony Award.

Thank you!

One Lawmaker – who asked not to be named

Who is this lawmaker…who had the courage to rebuke the Brothers Fitzgerald?
(From the transcript of the most recent broadcast of Wisconsin Public Television’s – Here and Now)

According to one lawmaker, who asked not to be named, the logic they were given was the maps and documents would be protected by attorney-client privileges and the secrecy pledges were needed to protect that. But this lawmaker he told me he felt part of the pledge was intimidation to keep the rank and file from complaining. The lawmaker was shown two versions of the map, one more favorable and one less favorable, and was told if he didn’t go along, the less favorable would become law. Redistricting debate rekindled – Friday, February 10, 2012

http://www-tc.pbs.org/s3/pbs.videoportal-prod.cdn/media/swf/PBSPlayer.swf

Watch Redistricting debate rekindled on PBS. See more from Here and Now.

Laws Broken – Class I Felony?

The state statutes cited below state in legalese that it is a Class I felony for legislator to attempt to influence the vote of another legislator by promising a beneficial outcome, like showing a legislator two different maps, one more beneficial then the other, in order to influence that legislators vote = Logrolling.(defined in 13.05)

It is also a Class I felony for a legislator to promise to vote for legislation in order to receive a benefit or favor from the governor, like agreeing on a district map in order to gain an edge in future elections when the map boundaries are signed into law by the governor. = Executive Favor. (defined in 13.06)

13.05 Logrolling prohibited. Any member of the legislature who gives, offers or promises to give his or her vote or influence in favor of or against any measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature in consideration or upon condition that any other person elected to the same legislature will give or will promise or agree to give his or her vote or influence in favor of or against any other measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in such legislature, or who gives, offers or promises to give his or her vote or influence for or against any measure on condition that any other member will give his or her vote or influence in favor of any change in any other bill pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature, is guilty of a Class I felony.

13.06 Executive favor. Any member of the legislature who gives, offers or promises to give his or her vote or influence in favor of or against any measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature, or that has already been passed by either house of the legislature, in consideration of or on condition that the governor approve, disapprove, veto or sign, or agree to approve, disapprove, veto or sign, any other measure or proposition pending or proposed to be introduced in the legislature or that has already been passed by the legislature, or either house thereof, or in consideration or upon condition that the governor nominate for appointment or appoint or remove any person to or from any office or position under the laws of this state, is guilty of a Class I felony.
Politiscoop

The court is likely to decide what to do quickly because the case goes to trial Feb. 21.

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