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Walker Has to Stay in Wisconsin, too

Scott Walker (R-Not Running for President When He's in Wisconsin), the first Governor in Wisconsin with a secret, private schedule (a "summary" is published the following month) which nicely hides how little time he actually spends in the state he was elected to govern, is chained to Wisconsin for at least the next week.

Yes, no flights to fundraisers or the Fox Snooze curvy couch in his near future.  No schmoozing with donors or his puppet masters for a while.  Nope.  He has to stay home.  He's at the Milwaukee County Courthouse where's he's been picked for a jury already in a case involving a personal injury (he was rejected for a murder trial).

Here's the Skinny:

He's on Jury Duty and has been picked for a jury already.

In a state where "did they sign a recall petition" has become a standard test of anyone with an opinion, much less a set of facts, donations to the Walker campaign haven't become a similar litmus test.  As it happens, it's been revealed that that the defendant in the case Walker will decide donated thousands of dollars to Walkers campaign.  

Gov. Scott Walker remained on a jury in a personal injury civil trial Tuesday, despite having received campaign donations from an executive of an insurance company that is a defendant in the case.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Kevin Martens noted someone had disclosed to him that the governor had received donations from a Secura executive. The judge made his remarks before jurors were brought into the courtroom.

He's still on the jury, too.

He was originally scheduled to serve his jury duty in July of last year, but a large fire in the Milwaukee County Courthouse closed all but essential services for a few weeks.  The fire, later determined to have been caused by an outdated electrical system, postponed trials and other county business.  Walker was rescheduled to serve this week.  As a resident of Wauwatosa, he serves on the Milwaukee County jury pool.

The fire in the courthouse itself, should have raised questions from our Republican loving, corporate media.  Walker, while County Executive, steered funds from building maintenance into other projects.  No questions have been asked whether either the courthouse electrical system or the O'Donnell parking structure (where injuries and even 1 death resulted from falling chunks of concrete which occurred repeatedly) had maintenance deferred while Walker controlled the county budget.

Of course if either the courthouse electrical system or parking structure concrete had signed a recall petition, that would have been front paged news.

You might want to check out the post on Cognitive Dissonance for another take on this.

And more snark from Blue Cheddar on our hapless Governator being grounded.

This space for rent until other news becomes available.

Update:  No, no news on the story itself, just that I won't be around for a bit.  I've got the flu since yesterday and a nap is desperately calling.  See you later.

Originally posted to Puddytat on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 08:11 AM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Poor Scott Walker (32+ / 0-)

    He's being forced to actually STAY home for a week.  How will his campaign war chest survive without the continual infusion of large amounts of cash?  How will he survive not having his puss on national television for that week?  Or not be able to phone in to RW talk show hosts in the state to spew his propaganda this week?

    Perhaps another fundraising email telling people not to buy anniversary, birthday or Valentines Day gifts and instead send that money to Scott Walker because he haz a sad at being forced to actually inhabit the state he's turning into a smoking ruin through governance.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 08:09:39 AM PST

  •  I'm not completely opposed... (6+ / 0-)

    ...to the idea of elected officials sitting on juries, but this is a blatant conflict of interest for Walker to be sitting on the jury of a case in which one of his campaign donors is the executive for a company that is the defendant in the case.

    There are three natural adversaries of the progressive movement: Republicans, the Democratic establishment, and the mainstream media

    by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 09:13:27 AM PST

    •  I think jury duty is good for them (12+ / 0-)

      and enables them to be with "regular people" for a while.  Walker and others are kept within a closely guarded political circle.  Rubbing elbows with the taxpayers is a good thing.

      The serious conflict of interest is the real problem in this case.  The rest of it is just snarkiness at Walker being chained to Wisconsin and not jet setting all over the country.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 09:17:39 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  But see our Supreme Court (4+ / 0-)

      Under our current crop of WI Supremes, why would anyone bother to challenge this?

      Recently, the term 'conflict of interest' has lost any real meaning.  Some WI justices don't recognize any problem sitting on a case in which a close relative has a pecuniary interest.  They don't seem to recognize ANY 'appearance of impropriety.'  And they have even stated that THEY are the best people to judge their own ability to adjudicate fairly under any and all circumstances.  Don't need no oversight....

      Scotty's failure to disclose and/or the plaintiff's attorney's failure to challenge in a lower court is just more of the same blatant disregard for and erosion of the rule of law in this sad state - and country.  

  •  Opposing counsel allowed this? (8+ / 0-)

    It would be interesting to get a Wisconsin lawyer's perspective on this.

    I presume lawyers for both sides had the opportunity to reject jury candidates from the pool. If so, I'm curious as to why the opposing lawyer(s) would keep Walker on the active jury.

    Some possibilities:

    I'm wrong, and jury selection doesn't work that way for that sort of case.

    They didn't realize, and might regret it.

    They did know, but the other jurors somehow seemed worse.

    They did know, and they think they can use it to their advantage.

    Or ... ?

  •  My question is ... (5+ / 0-)

    Why didn't the plaintiff's attorneys do a little research on the defendant's political contributions as soon as they knew Walker was called from the jury pool? In this age of smart phones it would be so quick and easy to access one of the campaign finance databases.

    On the other hand, every hour that Walker is kept occupied at the courthouse is an hour he isn't screwing up things for Wisconsin.

  •  You find the most interesting things about the (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Puddytat, Hey338Too

    Walktater.

    Thanks, as always, for keeping us updated.

    It is nice to know that Governator Walktater will be spending a few hours more than his quota actually in the state.

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 09:36:01 AM PST

    •  Our State ad slogan used to be (2+ / 0-)
      Escape to Wisconsin
      Walker has twisted it into:
      Escape FROM Wisconsin

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 09:42:40 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  "Wisconsin: You're Among Friends" (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        myboo, Puddytat, ColoTim

        has also become

        Fitzwalkerstan:  You're Among Fiends
      •  Nah, I still Escape TO Wisconsin (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Puddytat

        He hasn't totally neutered the DNR yet.  Remember when everyone thought the DNR was the police state.

        As soon as I leave the flatlands (sadly, not enough times each year) I am happy.  As soon as I cross Rt. 10 I know I am really on vacation.

        Things I learned as a child about Northern Wisconsin.

        1.  Pine and Paper Birch mean vacation
        2.  Bacon cancels egg cholesterol north of Rt. 10
        3.  Maple syrup cancels calories north of Rt. 10
        4.  Lawns don't need to be mowed at lakehouses
        and so much more.

        No, I literally can't afford to live up there all the time, but I still love to escape there every chance I get.

        One way or another the Walktater will soon be gone.

        "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

        by Eman on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 03:47:36 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  You might just want to check out (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Eman

          this link and the linked article inside for info on the Tea Partying Toady Walker appointed to head the DNR.

          Yeah, all his appointees are loyalists, but this one seems to take the cake.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 04:21:46 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Yeah, I know. My full-time neighbors are (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            GeoffT, Puddytat

            making noise.  The spin-off of the northwoods to the Kock brothers and friends is not well liked.  And I know some long-time DNR employees who are not happy.

            I used to keep my politics to my self when at the lake.  Then I discovered two years ago when one of my year-round neighbors had an outburst that most of them agreed with me on the state of the state.

            The mess he made of public education was the first disaster.  What he has done to make BadgerCare disfunctional brings a whole new group of people closer to our view.  Putting a wingnut in charge of the DNR pushes all of those (good, mostly) employees closer to our view.

            He can continue to suck-up to business, but every major decision he makes pushes a new group of average citizens toward us.

            Those are some reasons why your updates here at KOS are so important.

            I'm smiling today that with the Christie scandal, the media is suddenly pushing the Walktater as the next "non-TeaPublican" savior for the TeaPublican Party.

            Just as Christie cannot, Walker cannot and will not survive serious national scrutiny.

            "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (Antonin Scalia, John Boner, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

            by Eman on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 04:49:23 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Thanks for the inside info that the northwoods (0+ / 0-)

              is seeing through Walker.  He'll spend tens of millions this year and the Koch astroturf groups will spend tens of millions more to keep their puppet in office.

              It isn't easy when Walker has our media in his pocket.

              There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

              by Puddytat on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 10:00:52 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

  •  Recall Walker! (4+ / 0-)

    When my name is Googled, the third thing to pop up is my signature on the recall petition. I proudly signed the Recall Petition, and then assisted a few hundred others to fill out the form correctly, so their signature would be counted. I did many, but no where near as many as "Fighting Dave," who probably had close to five or seven thousand signatures on his personal score-tab.

    So then, now I am a political activist? Good!

  •  Update: Walker won't deliberate on jury (6+ / 0-)

    The case has gone to the jury and Walker was designated the alternate juror, so he won't be voting on the verdict. The parties had agreed to this before testimony began, but it was not announced until deliberations were to begin.

    An interesting note:

    Walker disclosed the donations Monday night to [Judge] Martens, through a member of the governor's security staff, the judge said.

    "It was, in fact Juror 20 (Walker) who brought the matter forward," said Martens.

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