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  1. It’s more diabolical than that – it’s about criminalizing conservatism. Do note that the persecutors (I won’t honor them with the prosecutor name) targeted virtually every conservative group that participated in issue advocacy since 2009.

    The order has been temporarily stayed for two reasons: the larger order freezing the John Doe because the Milwaukee persecutors filed an appeal of the denial of their immunity from the lawsuit before Randa issued his stay, and the order of the return of property seized/destruction of all copies of “evidence” because that is needed to adjudicate lawsuits on both the federal and state levels.

    The larger order freezing the John Doe proceedings will be reinstated if Randa rules the Milwaukee persecutors’ appeal is frivolous (which given the tone of Randa’s previous rulings is likely).

    Comment by steveegg — May 8, 2014 @ 8:29 am

  2. Thanks for that info, Steve.

    Comment by Tom — May 8, 2014 @ 8:43 am

  3. The stay didn’t last long, and certainly not long enough for any criminal charges to get filed – Randa certified in rather strong language the persecutors’ appeal is frivolous.

    The persecutors will be back before the 7th Circuit by lunchtime in an attempt to keep their persecution alive, but now they’ll have to argue for a stay on the order to completely stop on the merits.

    Comment by steveegg — May 8, 2014 @ 11:50 am

  4. Thanks for the link.

    Quote of the day: “A prosecutor ‘does not enjoy absolute immunity before he has probable cause.’”

    Comment by Tom — May 8, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

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