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  •  Whoever's paying Russell's lawyer, they're cheap! (8+ / 0-)

    His 2 lawyers were arguing over a $2000 deposit, unless there was more that I missed.

    Here's the whole hearing transcript, in case anyone wants to read through it:
    http://www.wispolitics.com/...

    And here's an article from Cognitive Dissidence, where Capper hints that he will have info soon to show that Walker is helping with Kelly Rindfleisch's bills.

    http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/...

    Walker, your pink slip is coming, unless the orange jumpsuit gets you first.

    by non acquiescer on Tue Apr 24, 2012 at 12:54:29 PM PDT

    •  It is a relative of Russell's who is paying (7+ / 0-)

      according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

      http://www.jsonline.com/...

      The article gives info from the charges after an open records request was filed.

      Franklin, who has since bowed out of the case, appeared incredulous that Maistelman was demanding half or more of the $2,000 Franklin had received from "someone on behalf of my client," Franklin said.

      Maistelman said he'd already put in extensive hours on Russell's case without getting paid.

      "And I'm like, 'Andy, I brought you in on this case. I need to be paid some of it back now,'" said Maistelman.

      "I was trying to put pressure on you because you stiffed me," Maistelman told Franklin. "I brought you in on a big case and you stiffed me, okay?"

      Franklin said Maistelman was turning the incident into "a conflagration of major proportions."

      Russell, who was present for the fracas, praised the work both had done on the case, but expressed regret about the blowup.

      "Your Honor, I would have rather that Mr. Maistelman and Mr. Franklin and I had sat down in a room together and without committing assault (worked) the issue out."

      Franklin withdrew that day as one of Russell's lawyers. He was later replaced by John Birdsall, who in turn was replaced by Dennis Krueger. Maistelman is also still representing Russell in the case.

      The transcript doesn't reveal who provided the $2,000 retainer. Maistelman said Tuesday that it was a relative of Russell's.

      I am the one who made that part about the relative bold, so that you guys could see it.

      This story was somewhat buried in the blog section of the paper.

    •  lawyers (11+ / 0-)

      from WCCA

      Defendant Attorney(s)
      Attorney Name              Entered          Withdrawn  
      Maistelman, Michael S   01-05-2012    04-06-2012
      Birdsall, John                 03-21-2012    04-06-2012
      Krueger, Dennis R         04-06-2012

      I don't know if it means anything, but it is interesting that his original lawyers withdrew and he has a new lawyer now.

      •  It is also interesting if they aren't getting paid (6+ / 0-)
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        Puddytat, Amber6541, elwior, Losty, BusyinCA, Matt Z

        which, if it is true is a little heartless considering this guy was the campaign manager for all this time.  Not that I thank him for getting Walker's political career going, but still, you would think there would be some loyalty there.  Or am I reading into this?

        •  Seems they have as much loyalty as a piranha (3+ / 0-)
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          elwior, Puddytat, Creosote

          combined with the truthiness of Pinocchio.

          IANAL, but is there any chance the Prosser case could advance to US court? If it can't be heard in state court, it seems justice would be denied by complicity of the state bench. And isn't that itself a RICO violation?

          Just wondering, and thinking out loud.

          Thanks for the updates Puddytat, I wanna see Walker go down like a sky diver without a parachute. Carrying a piano. Or an anvil. Or both. Definitely both.

    •  An interesting bit that has been overlooked (11+ / 0-)

      On page 17 of the transcript you cite, there is this:

      ATTORNEY MAISTELMAN: Your Honor, I've -- I've been working on this for two years and I've been, you know, carrying Tim with some balances. And when I brought Andy in, I said Andy, there's a -- there's some money that's owed.
      So Russell was arrested in January of this year, but the election law expert Maistelman has been advising him for two years? Why? This could get even more interesting.
    •  ethics (4+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat, glitterscale, elwior, Creosote

      It is understandable that wanker and the puke's would like Russell to have the best counsel possible since they likely have a direct interest in the outcome.  It would be ethically questionable to pay the fees though as the lawyers may not have the interest of the accused as priority.  Wanker would have his lawyers throw him under the bus in a second if it was good for wanker.  

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