The Governor of Wisconsin this week decided not to fire the Milwaukee County District Attorney because a lawyer hired by his office found the petition asking for the suspension to be invalid.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, has brought in attorney Matthew Fleming to review a petition filed last month by county residents against Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, another Democrat.
Residents disagreed that Chisholm’s office demanded a bond of just $ 1,000 after Darrell Brooks was accused of driving his car into his baby’s mother.
Brooks, after his release, allegedly used the same vehicle to crash into a Christmas parade in Vokesha, killing six people and injuring dozens.
Chisholm, in a statement following the latest crime, said his office’s recommendation for bail was “unduly low,” and later blamed an assistant prosecutor for not considering an assessment that recommended prosecutors seek a large amount of bail.
Residents said that since Chisolm refused to resign because of the incident, the governor should remove him. State law allows governors to fire state officials for “corrupt conduct in the line of duty” or for crimes or misconduct.
Fleming, however, concluded that the petition “suffers from several shortcomings, both formal and substantive, that make it insufficient to exercise the authority requested by the petitioners from Governor Evers.”
The outside counsel said that there were no statements in the complaint indicating that the applicants had confirmed the truth or veracity of the petition, and that the notarization was incomplete.
He also argued that the petition did not specify which charges supported Chisholm’s removal, in part because “there are many factors” that could have contributed to Brooks’s release on small bail.
“Given the horrific tragedy in Vokish and the severity of the petition’s claims, a third-party consultant was hired to give a fair and impartial review of the petition and make a recommendation based on that review,” said Britt Kudabak, director of public relations at Evers. Epoch Times via email.
Judging by the results, the petition did not meet the conditions Evers needed to remove Chisholm, she added.
Chisholm’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
Orville Seymour, one of the county petitioners, said he had reviewed the outside attorney’s decision and disagreed with the findings.
The statement that the petition was not notarized, for example, is incorrect. “It was clearly notarized,” he told The Epoch Times.
No one has tried to contact Seymour during the verification process, which is exploring “various options” to resolve the issue.
“I think we knew that he was not going to shoot Chisholm. I think that the lack of the governor is that he is put up for election in less than a year, and the riots in Kenosha are already hanging over his head. Now I think the people in Waukesh will clearly not forgive the fact that he did not remove John Chisholm and make southeast Wisconsin safe, ”Seymour said.
Beyond the petition, Evers faced pressure from state and local legislators to remove Chisholm.
Brooks is being held on $ 5 million bail and facing 71 new charges, which prosecutors added this week.