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Reader's view: Walker investigation story missed real news

The June 20 story, “Prosecutors accuse Wisconsin governor of running ‘criminal scheme,’ ” wasn’t news and missed an important news story.

The previously unsealed documents discussed in the article boringly just restated the unfounded defense for an investigation a federal judge had already ruled a violation of the First Amendment used to deter conservative speech.

Having access to these same documents, federal Judge Rudolph Randa ruled the prosecution’s interpretation of election law was so misguided and so wrong it had to have been started “without a reasonable expectation of obtaining a valid conviction.”

In other words, after examining the documents at the center of this article and all other evidence presented, Randa felt the prosecution could not have reasonably expected anyone to be convicted of anything. That leaves only one other motive, which was to intimidate conservative pro-Gov. Scott Walker groups from participating in the political process within Wisconsin. He then ordered the investigation to be ceased, but legal maneuvers have kept the case somewhat active and therefore in the news.

Knowing these facts, it is also important to remember that according to court documents, the investigation reportedly started with an early morning raid conducted by armed officers shining floodlights into homes with frightened children in their beds. Their targets (advisers to the Wisconsin Club for Growth) were then restrained and denied the ability to contact their attorneys while their property was seized.

The important story here is how Democrats increasingly are willing to abuse the power given to them by elected positions to intimidate and stifle conservative political speech. We’re seeing it on the federal level with the IRS-targeting scandal and in Wisconsin with radical Democrat prosecutors. Nothing is more anti-American, and that is a term that should never be used lightly.

Aaron Hanson