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  •  This can all be undone. (5+ / 0-)

    If Walker believes that charges are imminent (and maybe if he doesn't) he will push to have anything illegal that he's done legalized. So long as all potential charges are state based, Walker has the authority to sign legislation legalizing his activities.

    Don't put it past these guys not to do it, they will.

    •  You can count on that (4+ / 0-)

      Don't forget that, technically, he can pardon himself.

      His right wing majority state supreme court will be good with that.

      The wrath of the people is just noise.

      "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 06:52:49 PM PST

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      •  I'm not so sure he can (1+ / 0-)
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        Article XIII Section 3(2):

        (2) No person convicted of a felony, in any court within the United States, no person convicted in federal court of a crime designated, at the time of commission, under federal law as a misdemeanor involving a violation of public trust and no person convicted, in a court of a state, of a crime designated, at the time of commission, under the law of the state as a misdemeanor involving a violation of public trust shall be eligible to any office of trust, profit or honor in this state unless pardoned of the conviction.
        So at the moment of conviction Walker would no longer be governor, and hence would not have the power to pardon himself.

        Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

        by GeoffT on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 11:30:09 AM PST

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        •  There's a loophole, sort of - they'd try anything (1+ / 0-)
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          It's not likely to work.

          The ambiguous phrase is "shall be eligible". This could be argued as being eligible to be a candidate or eligible to serve in office. The weak  argument might be that once he's elected, he's passed the eligibility requirement. There are other laws that describe issues of competency and such. So his high-priced lawyers, experienced in defending organized crime figures, are certain to try every path, relevent or not. And appeal, appeal, appeal.

          The WI State Supreme Court, is likely to misinterpret every statute in his favor. This is the court that overrode a constitutionally protected open meeting law by a 4-3 right wing majority. After the magical 2700 lost and found votes showed up in Waukesha County two days after the election. And put the David "choker" Prosser back in the court for ten more years.

          The better argument for the prosecution is the "at the time of commission" phrase. That happened before he ran for governor. That would nullify his governorship for sure.

          Then there's his replacement, Lt. Governor Kleefisch, who worships the Wanker. She is definitely stupid enough to pardon him.

          These people have a long history of sleazy tactics.

          I agree that he can't get away with pardoning himself. But that doesn't mean he won't try.

          He's not been charged with anything. Yet.

          "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

          by GrumpyOldGeek on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:59:58 PM PST

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