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Lawsuit Highlights Selective Prosecution in John Doe Probe Of Conservatives

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Posted at Right Wisconsin.

On Monday, Eric O'Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments by prosecutors and investigators in the current John Doe investigation.
 
The suit names as defendant Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz, Milwaukee Co. District Attorney John Chisholm, Milwaukee Co. Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, Milwaukee Co. Assistant District Attorney David Robles, GAB investigator Dean Nickel, and John Doe Judge Gregory Peterson.
 
Despite significant redaction, here is what we can glean from the document. The new lawsuit alleges bias, selective prosecution, prosecutorial misconduct, political targeting, and violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
 
Central to O'Keefe and Wisconsin Club for Growth's argument is that the John Doe probe is a politically motivated and selective prosecution. The suit lists numerous instances in which liberal or progressive groups and candidates engaged in coordination without investigation or prosecution by those leading the John Doe proceedings.
 
- January 2010 - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's campaign spokesman Jeff Fleming receives a contract to do public relations for the Mayor's office, private business work, and campaign work for Barrett.Correspondence regarding campaign activities were sent to both Fleming's city account and his personal account.
 
- Spring 2010 - Milwaukee DA declined to prosecute liberal blogger Christopher Liebenthal after he was caught engaging in "excessive political blogging" on his taxpayer-funded computer.
 
- September 2010 - Wisconsin Republican Party files complaint after SEIU employee John-David Morgan boasted that unions and Democratic candidates were coordinating a plan to attack Scott Walker over an incident involving an accident at a Milwaukee County parking structure.
 
- Summer 2011 - Wisconsin Republican Party files a complaint against public school teacher and Democratic candidate for State Senate Shelly Moore after she used a taxpayer-funded work computer and email for her recall campaign.
 
- July 2011 - Union funded We are Wisconsin offices are shown to be operating in the same building as Shelly Moore's State Senate recall campaign.
 
- Summer 2011 - A GAB complaint was filed against Friends of Senator Hansen alleging coordination between third-party groups and the Hansen campaign.
 
- August 2011 - Wisconsin Republican Party files complaint with the GAB for an investigation of possible coordination betweenRep. Sandy Pasch and Citizen Action of Wisconsin, where Pasch serves on the Board of Directors.
 
-November 2011 - The Committee to Recall Scott Walkerbrought unions, liberal groups, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, and even the Barrack Obama campaign together for regular meetings to plot recall strategy.
 
-March 2012 - Democratic candidate for Governor Kathleen Falk appears in ads with voiceover for a third party union-funded group Wisconsin for Falk.
 

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