John Doe investigation ends with no charges against Governor Scott Walker

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee County Judge Neal Nettesheim ordered the closing of the John Doe investigation that led to criminal charges against six people, three of which are former Milwaukee County employees. The order came down on February 21st with no criminal charges being filed against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office says this investigation uncovered misconduct like campaign finance fraud and embezzlement. In a statement, Milwaukee County District Attorney says, "I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded. As a consequence, last week my office petitioned fore, and Judge Nettesheim has now granted the closure of the John Doe investigation."

Governor Scott Walker says, "I am glad the process has been completed. As many may remember, this entire matter began when we asked the District Attorney to look into concerns we had with respect to Operation Freedom." Governor Walker also expressed his appreciation for the effort undertaken in bringing justice.

Several other local officials reacted to the closing of the John Doe case. Here are a few of their responses:

Representative Peter Barca said in a statement, "While it is good for the stability of the state that this investigation is over, Gov. Walker needs to finally take responsibility for the criminal activity that happened on his watch. While the governor was not charged, he must make a statement accepting responsibility for the people he trusted, hired and supervised and apologize to the taxpayers, particularly the veterans, who were cheated."

Representative Scott Ross also responded with a statement, "This criminal probe revealed there were no lines between Scott Walker's political operation and public office. As the right wing rushes to rewrite history upon the conclusion of the John Doe criminal probe, the fact is six aides and associates of Gov. Walker, several under his direct supervision, were guilty of serious crimes like laundering campaign contributions, embezzling and campaigning on public time."

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