Lawyer asks evidence be removed during Rindfleisch court appearance
MILWAUKEE — Kelly Rindfleisch, a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker while he was Milwaukee’s County Executive appeared in court Thursday, July 19th where evidence from a previous case was entered into her current trial.
Rindfleisch has pleaded not guilty to four counts of misconduct in office, felony charges that carry a maximum combined penalty of six years in prison and a $40,000 fine. Rindfleisch has been accused of conducting campaign work on county time.
Thursday in court, Rindfleisch’s lawyer asked that the evidence entered in be removed.
A judge did not make a decision on Thursday, but could rule on the request next week.
About a month ago during a court appearance, defense attorney Frank Gimbel filed motions asking for the charges to be dismissed and prosecutors to be barred from bringing new ones.
He said the case is based on information Rindfleisch gave under protected circumstances. He also said investigators violated her privacy when they used an overly broad search warrant to access her personal email accounts.
Rindfleisch was Walker’s deputy chief of staff in Milwaukee County. She’s one of six Walker associates facing charges in a secret investigation, although Walker himself has not been charged with wrongdoing.
Rindfleisch already lost a bid to have the proceedings moved from Milwaukee County to Columbia County, where she lives in Columbus.
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