Jun 3, 2014

Scott Walker's Contempt for Veterans Gets NYT Coverage

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker explains
why he has granted no pardons to incarcerated
citizens with compelling cases.
"If you pick one there's thousands of other
examples out there of people who may not
have the media or other outlets behind them,
who would be in an equal position who
probably have a compelling case to be
made that we don't know about,"
said Walker in an interview with WKOW TV
(Madison, Wisconsin)
Updated--Two Madison, Wisconsin attorneys—David D. Relles and John R. Zweig—heard the story of an idealistic Wisconsin Marine just home (two days) from Kuwait and Iraq in 2004, and who late one night out at the bars reacted to a shouted death threat to his friend, saw movement to his right and threw a punch in Boscobel, Wisconsin.

Now, attorneys Relles and Zweig advocate for Marine Eric Pizer (2000-2004) [whose attorney in 2004 should have fought for a plea deal (a disorderly conduct civil citation)] from the office of current Grant County (Wisconsin) District Attorney Lisa Riniker and Asst DA Anthony Pozorski, overzealous, small-town jurists who damage the legal profession.

Instead, Pozorski insisted on a violent felony charge.

Pizer is seeking a pardon from Scott Walker.

Today, Dan Barry of the New York Times picked up the Eric Pizer story, noting Scott Walker's vow to never use the power to pardon under the Wisconsin Constitution (Article V, section 6 of the Wisconsin Constitution), a vow Scott Walker made in a sick twist of irony after Walker's aides and appointees were charged and later convicted of embezzling from veterans.

Pizer wants to become a police officer, and cannot because of this one incident, and Walker's public refusal to pardon Pizer stands in the way of a Marine who wants to continue to serve.

There are a lot of reasons to not vote for Scott Walker.

Walker's contempt for veterans is among them.

As for Grant County (Wisconsin) District Attorney Lisa Riniker and Asst DA Anthony Pozorski, this is the same office that charged a six-year-old boy with a felony for playing doctor with a five-year-old girl in 2011.

Not the brightest jurists in Wisconsin.

Walker said one of the reasons he will not consider a pardon for Pizer is because he does not want to undermine the legal system.

Writes the NYT's Barry:
Mr. Pizer was two days back from Iraq. A straight-up Marine, he had committed to the corps even before his high school graduation in 2000, and was at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina a year later when an officer interrupted a class on sexually transmitted diseases to share the latest from Lower Manhattan.

We got bombed, boys, the officer announced. We’re going to war.
Pizer didn't know it, and won't say it now, but his most obstinate enemy was to become the current Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, after Pizer came home from serving his country he still loves.

Walker should listen to his betters, Eric Pizer for starters.

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