John Doe A Witness for the Prosecution

The Trial of Kelly Reindfeisch October 15

“The Witness for the Prosecution” is a famous short story and play by Agatha Christie. The story was initially published as “Traitor Hands” in Flynn’s Weekly edition of 31 January 1925.

The Reindfeisch trial is scheduled.

Judge Hansher ruled that the 2002 immunity deal didn’t apply “if she committed additional crimes in the future.” He denied an earlier, similar motion by Rindfleisch.

She is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 15. Rindfleish immunity denied

Gov. Scott Walker may be called to testify as a prosecution witness in the trial of former Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch, a court filing shows.

Rindfleisch faces four felony misconduct charges for doing campaign work while at her job in Milwaukee County as deputy chief of staff to Walker in 2010, when Walker was county executive and a Republican candidate for governor. WSJ Online Reports

The Agatha Cristie story sits well as an analogous backdrop for the possible twists and turns that can be projected on the big screen of our imagination, especially since Agatha was not happy with the original title “Traitor’s Hands” or the original ending in which the murderer gets off “Scott” free, and she changed both. Yes, this is the fitting mood setter for the upcoming trial; born of a secret investigation of a secret email network in which the ultimate “John Doe” is a secret. This is classic Agatha Christie!

From the play “Witness to the Prosecution” (with names and locations changed)

Scene:The Governor’s Mansion
When the curtain rises, the stage is empty and in darkness. The window curtains are open. Tonette enters immediately and holds the door open. Cullen Werwie, and Scott Walker enter. Werwie carries his brief case.

TONETTE: Good evening, Sir Werwie. It’s a nasty night, sir. (Tonnette exits closing the door behind her)
WERWIE: Damned fog! (He switches on the wall brackets by the switch below the door and crosses to the window).
WALKER: It is a beast of evening. (He removes his hat and overcoat and hangs them up on pets up L.)
WIERIE: Is there not justice? We come out of a Court Room gasping for fresh air, and what do we find. (He switches on the desk lamp) Fog!
WALKER: It is not as thick as the fog we’re in over Miss Reinfliesh’s antics.(He crosses to the desk and places his case on the upper right hand corner)
WIERIE: That damned woman. From the very first moment I clapped eyes on her, I scented trouble.

If little to nothing else – Scott Walker has given us all the makings of a fine piece of drama, complete with treachery, deceit, manipulation and filled with list of possible characters that would leave Agatha in a fit of jealousy.

They include:

Brett Davis, state Medicaid director. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in 2010. The criminal complaint against Rindfleisch says she worked extensively on fundraisers for Davis while at her taxpayer-paid county job.

Michael Huebsch, state administration secretary under Walker and a former Republican state lawmaker. He’s described on the trial witness list as an “event host,” likely a reference to a particular campaign fundraising event.

Cullen Werwie, spokesman for Walker at the Capitol. Werwie was Davis’ campaign manager for his lieutenant governor bid. Werwie has been granted immunity from prosecution in the John Doe probe.

Keith Gilkes, Walker’s 2010 campaign manager and former chief of staff at the Capitol. He left his state job a year ago.

James Villa
. He worked as Walker’s chief of staff at the county and helped on Walker’s county executive campaigns. Villa is also described on the witness list as an event host.

Others on the 35-person witness
list include other campaign event hosts and several Milwaukee County officials with authority over county records

All that is left is to write the ending

I can’t help but feel the frustration of a need to know. The whole John Doe thing seems orchestrated to build the suspense within so many of us, springing from a deep need for justice, to finally be proven right about our pick in this “who done it” case. I look to the first major trial, promising the possible appearance of the witness for the prosecution, with more anticipation than I felt in the long days approaching Christmas and finally opening the packages under the tree. Will I get the Ipad or some cheap knockoff?

Only the “Shadow” knows

Oh what a fine drama you have orchestrated Scot Walker. We will all tune in next month looking for answers to all the questions and teasers offered at the end of an old time serial mystery.


Will Walker be called to testify? Will he plead the 5th Amendment and thus demonstrate to the students he has been teaching, the power of protection of the Constitution for his defense while rebuking same document when it comes to the defense of common workers? Will Kelly Rindfleisch admit that Walker knew about the – or even orchestrated the secret email network that was 25 feet from his office?

Stay tuned for the next thrilling episode of John Doe.


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