Judge Randa Goes Rogue in Walker's John Doe Case
But I have a feeling
that even seasoned attorneys will be having a hard time making sense of the new
legal battle over the John Doe probe into potential campaign coordination
violations made by Gov. Scott Walker and various right-wing organizations.
The most recent shot
was fired by U.S. Judge Rudolph Randa, a Federalist Society member and guy
who’s gone off the rails before, most notably in the case of Georgia Thompson,
a middle-ranking member of the Jim Doyle administration. (Doyle, Walker’s
predecessor, was a Democrat, of course.) Randa convicted her and sentenced her
to federal prison on what the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals called
“beyond thin” evidence.
The latest dust-up
involves Randa and, shockingly, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Randa seems to be
throwing a temper tantrum over the fact that the appeals court stayed his
extraordinary decision to throw out the John Doe case and order to destroy
evidence collected in it. You heard me—destroy evidence.
(Some great legal
analysis can be found at Center for Media and Democracy’s blog by Brendan
Now, Randa went one
step further, declaring that the Doe prosecutors’ appeal of his order
“frivolous” and, in at least once instance, “the height of frivolousness.”
Like I said, I’m not
an attorney and I’ll be speaking with legal experts to make sense of all of
But do you feel like
the fix is in?
That Randa, an activist, radical judge, has gone rogue to protect his ideological allies? Doesn’t this feel way more personal to you than anything else? Is Randa poking a stick in the appeals court judges just because he can, and he’s just daring them to stop him?