It's finally over.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has put an end to John Chisholm's witch hunt.
Chisholm's disgraceful investigation is done.
Justice Michael Gableman writes, "To be clear, this conclusion ends the John Doe investigation because the special prosecutor's legal theory is unsupported in either reason or law. Consequently, the investigation is closed."
Yes, that's clear.
From MacIver News Service:
The Wisconsin Supreme Court put an end to the John Doe investigation with a 4-2 ruling that was issued early Thursday morning.I hope the victims of Chisholm's "paramilitary, predawn raids" and other abuses drag him and his crew into court.
The investigation that was officially quashed by the state's highest court had been called a political witch-hunt by Gov. Scott Walker and others that were targeted by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm. The multi-year investigation, which looked into the possible coordination between the governor and independent conservative organizations during the recall elections, did not lead to any charges being filed.
That did not, however, stop the continuous leaks from the otherwise secret probe. Many of the documents that surfaced were pounced on by left-leaning organizations - and sometimes the mainstream media - in an attempt to make the victims look bad in the court of public opinion.
As prosecutors tried to claim that Walker was at the center of a national "criminal scheme," they routinely failed to prove their claim at the different levels of court.
Walker's campaign said on Thursday that the Supreme Court's decision was further - and final - proof that no one broke any laws.
"It is time to move past this unwarranted investigation that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars," said Ashlee Strong, Walker campaign spokeswoman.
The decision is also a major victory for Eric O'Keefe's group, Wisconsin Club for Growth. O'Keefe and his organization won a lawsuit in federal court after arguing the investigation violated their civil rights. That case was overturned on appeal because the judges felt it was a matter to be decided by the state court.
As of Thursday, that matter was finally decided by the state Supreme Court. All documents and other materials from the probe were ordered to be destroyed.
"We order that the special prosecutor and the district attorneys involved in this investigation must cease all activities related to the investigation, return all property seized in the investigation from any individual or organization, and permanently destroy all copies of information and other materials obtained through the investigation. All Unnamed Movants are relieved of any duty to cooperate further with the investigation," Justice Michael Gableman wrote in his opinion.
Chisholm's career should be destroyed along with "all copies of information and other materials" obtained by his investigation.
Officially stopping this "John Doe" should be the beginning.
I hope every single person with their fingerprints on the investigation gets sued up the wazoo.
It's called justice.