Brown County Hearing Set for John Doe Issues

Brown County Judge Kendall Kelley has scheduled a hearing for 1:30 PM Thursday to “present legal issues,” including Attorney General Brad Schimel’s request to initiate contempt of court proceedings against nine agents in the John Doe investigation.

Following the release of a report into an investigation concerning the leak of John Doe documents to a British publication, Schimel requested contempt of court proceedings against former GAB attorneys, the John Doe special prosecutor, and investigators and prosecutors in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office.

Among the more than 50 interested parties listed in a letter sent by Kelley last week are:

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chilsom

David Robles and Bruce Landgraf of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office.

Kelley said in his letter of last week that no information under seal of secrecey will be “presented, discussed or solicited.” One of the targets of the John Doe probe, Eric O’Keefe, told Media Trackers that he expects Kelley will “ask for help in identifying the abuses and where he should consider applying sanctions, and against who and why.” O’Keefe said he will be attending the hearing.

Schimel’s investigation determined that millions of documents seized by John Doe investigators were not properly secured. The documents included personal emails between a state lawmaker and her daughter concerning a medical issue.

Media Trackers will cover Thursday’s hearing.