Legal experts in Wisconsin, including a major supporter of Kathy Falk, agree that a new sleazy attack ad by the Greater Wisconsin Committee is a lie.
Yesterday Falk supporters began running a television ad which lies about J.B. Van Hollen’s prosecution of Stanley Newago in Bayfield County in 2000. They allege Van Hollen could have revoked Newago’s bail on an assault charge prior to Newago’s commission of a brutal murder. That is a lie.
The evidence that the GWC ad is demonstrably false is overwhelming according to a bipartisan analysis.
Frank Tuerkheimer is one of the preeminent authorities on Wisconsin Criminal law. He is a University of Wisconsin Law Professor and of counsel to the Madison firm of LaFollette Godfrey and Kahn. He has been United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, an Associate Watergate Prosecutor and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. As a private attorney, he has represented public interest groups for almost 30 years. He has also written in the areas of Evidence, Criminal Law and Privacy and has testified on these issues before Senate committees.
“Frank Tuerkheimer, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin who has endorsed Falk, said there would have been no reason for Van Hollen to ask for revocation of Newago's bail unless something else had happened or he appeared to be a flight risk.” -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 28, 2006.
District Attorneys from throughout the state agree with Tuerkheimer.
“Van Hollen's handling of that case was text book” said Washington Co. District Attorney Todd Martens. “Speaking of text books, perhaps the Falk team should take a refresher course on criminal prosecution. They either don't know what they are talking about, or their purposely trying to deceive Wisconsin voters.”
Several Democrat county prosecutors have also said the advertisement is a lie.
“I'm ashamed to say this is being done to help a fellow Democrat" said Pepin Co. District Attorney Jon Siefert. “I'm proud to be a Democrat but I want the world to know I don't tolerate that kind of garbage. I hope the ad never runs, but if it does, shame on the Falk team.”
"That television commercial by the Falk supporters is off base," said Iron Co. District Attorney Martin Lipske. "It's disgusting and not true. JB Van Hollen achieved the ultimate disposition on the Newago case and that is a sign that he is the only true prosecutor in this race. Fighting crime and bringing justice to victims is not a partisan battle. I'm a Democrat, but I support JB Van Hollen because he is the only candidate running who has experience bringing justice to victims of violent crime."
Adams County District Attorney Mark Thibodeau yesterday became the third Democrat District Attorney to chastise the Falk team for a sleazy new ad.
“An ad such as the one now running shows the Falk team's lack of understanding of the way the criminal justice system works,” said Thibodeau, a Democrat.
The Van Hollen campaign had previously sent a letter to the Falk campaign and her supporters, providing them the facts of the Newago case and warning them not to produce an ad which distorted the actual record. Her supporters refused to comply.
Kathleen Falk is hiding and has refused all requests to comment directly on the ad.
Falk is trailing in the polls and has been on the defensive for a lack of experience and left wing history that has made it hard for her to gain the support of mainstream Democrats. Her team has resorted to a desperate lie to rescue her faltering campaign.
Van Hollen is now endorsed by a stunning 46 sheriffs and 55 district attorneys; of those 101 top law enforcement professionals backing Van Hollen, 18 are Democrats. Van Hollen is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Union of Police Associations/AFL-CIO, the Wisconsin Troopers' Association, the Wisconsin Sheriff and Deputy Sheriffs Association, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, the Milwaukee Police Association, the Milwaukee Sheriff’s Deputies Association, the Milwaukee Police Supervisors Organization, the Racine Police Association, the New Berlin Professional Police Association and the Wauwatosa Peace Officers Association.