Wisconsin DOJ: No criminal charges following John Doe leak investigation
MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Justice is not recommended the filing of any criminal charges following its investigation of a leak of information collected during a now-closed secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign.
The Justice Department, led by Attorney General Brad Schimel, released results of its investigation Wednesday. Earlier this year, material from the investigation known as John Doe II appeared in The Guardian, a British publication.
Although no criminal charges are recommended, the Justice Department is asking the judge who oversaw the John Doe probe to refer former Government Accountability Board attorney Shane Falk for discipline for violating a previous order.
It’s also asking the judge to initiate contempt proceedings against special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, former GAB employees and three employees in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office. The Justice Department blames the old GAB for originating the leak, but does not identify a perpetrator.
“Although probable cause certainly exists to believe that a crime was committed, DOJ does not currently possess proof beyond a reasonable doubt necessary to convict any particular person of a criminal offense at this time,” Schimel’s office wrote in its report.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge William Hue is overseeing the investigation. He says he received the report Tuesday afternoon and hopes to complete his work on it within 40 days.