The same three federal appellate judges who heard the appeals halting the Wisconsin John Doe probe in an incredible three days in May 2014 will hear oral arguments this afternoon.
The three-judge panel is composed of: Judges Frank H. Easterbrook, Diane P. Wood and William J. Bauer.
Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will hear oral arguments slated to begin at 2:30 on several cases related to the John Doe probe including whether documents will be released, and whether U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa erred when Randa halted the probe on May 6 this year in his corrupt ruling that halted a law enforcement investigation in which Scott Walker has been identified as a central figure in a massive "criminal scheme." (Marley, Bice and Glauber, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; (June 19, 2014)
The cases to be heard at oral arguments are: 14-1822, 14-1888, 14- 1899,14-2006, 14-2012, 14-2023;
O’Keefe v. Chisholm; and 14-2585; O’Keefe v. Schmitz.
Randa's ruling also ordered the destruction of evidence collected by the law enforcement probe, an order that was quickly stayed by the federal appellate court on May 7, one day after Randa's ruling.
In response to May 7 appellate court ruling, Randa then issued a finding that the John Doe prosecutors' appeal is "frivolous," another incredible ruling (on May 8) that was necessary to halt the John Doe probe as stated in the May 7 opinion of the federal panel that noted unless there was a finding a frivolity of the John Doe officials' appeal, Randa had no authority to stop the probe. (Marley, Bice and Stein, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel; May 8, 2014))
This finding of frivolity means that the John Doe appeal is utterly unreasonable and the prosecutors' appeal contains no rational basis for argument.