Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Is there a lawyer in the house?

It didn't take Republican Party Director Rick Wiley long to go over the top with reaction to Tuesday's federal grand jury indictment of a state procurement official, Georgia Thompson. In the first hour, he was posturing and making impossible demands of the Doyle administration.

From Wiley's statement:

We call on Governor Doyle to release the names of employees of his Administration who have been interviewed by the grand jury. The public has a right to know."
Actually, here's what a website on federal grand juries, from the University of Dayton Law School, explains:

The identities of the grand jurors are secret, as are the identities of the witnesses who testify before them and any evidence they consider.
Rick Graber, Wiley's boss and GOP chairman, is a lawyer and, presumably knows that. If he doesn't, maybe he should catch up on his continuing legal education credits.

Scott Walker, meanwhile, refers to Thompson as one of Doyle's top aides. Funny no one, including me, had ever heard of her before this travel story broke. Here's how much I know about her position, from searching the web:

Division: Enterprise Operations
Bureau: Bureau of Procurement
Section: Enterprise Programs


At 10:28 PM, Blogger Christopher Robin said...


At 10:35 PM, Blogger steveegg said...

There aren't that many layers between Thompson and Doyle, and even fewer where there could be a "political advantage" construed. Between the "political advantage" and "job security" lines in the indictment, I'd have to say that your guy is nowhere near a clearing, much less out of the woods.

At 7:43 AM, Blogger Chris said...

better bring your A game Xoff Diamond Jim is going to need your best spin-fu on this one But I am sure this is Scott Walkers fault some how right ;)

At 9:41 PM, Blogger urnotthatsmart said...

"there aren't that many layers..." please, steveegg. you have a better chance linking peg's traffic violations to doyle. not that you won't try that too.


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