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  • boomer_here_still boomer_here_still Feb 4, 2012 11:42 AM Flag

    Scottie hiring big-time criminal lawyers


    The punk's in the soup and he knows it. There are lots of specializations among lawyers. Scottie runs to ax-murderer defender for help.


    MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker said Friday evening that he will be "voluntarily meeting" with the prosecutor leading the secret John Doe investigation that already has brought charges against some of his top aides.

    He did not say when the meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm would take place.

    In a statement issued through his campaign, Walker also announced that he had hired two high-powered criminal defense attorneys, Mike Steinle and John Gallo, but said he would use no public money to cover the costs.

    "I have already said that I would be happy to sit down with the people looking into these issues and answer any additional questions they may have," Walker said. "To make that point clear, last year, my representatives voluntarily contacted Mr. Chisholm's office to arrange a time to discuss any outstanding issues. I will be voluntarily meeting with Mr. Chisholm."

    Walker said his attorneys were hired to assemble additional background information and ensure he's "in the best position possible to continue aiding" the investigation.

    Steinle is a Milwaukee-based criminal defense attorney with the firm Terschan, Steinle & Ness. He has taken on recent high-profile cases, including one involving a Fox Point teen who killed his grandfather with an ax.

    Gallo is listed as a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, and the firm's website says he specializes in representing criminal defendants and grand-jury targets.

    "While all of us need to let this matter run its course, I will continue to cooperate and provide any appropriate information that is requested," Walker said.

    The investigation has led to criminal charges against six people, including Walker's former Milwaukee County aides Tim Russell, Kelly Rindfleisch and Darlene Wink.

    Russell, who had served as Walker's former campaign aide, deputy chief of staff and county housing director, is accused of embezzling more than $20,000 in money meant for veterans and using it for personal expenses.

    More charges filed last week allege a pattern of illegal fundraising and what appears to be a systemic avoidance of campaign laws by Walker's inner circle.

    Chisholm charged Rindfleisch, 43, with four felony counts of misconduct in public office and Wink, 61, with two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by a public employee. Both worked for Walker during his time as Milwaukee County executive, and both are accused of fundraising activities while at their taxpayer-funded jobs.

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