John Doe Didn’t Exonerate Scott Walker

Since the announcement by retired Appeals Court Judge Neal Nettesheim that the John Doe investigation around members of Governor Scott Walker’s former County Executive staff was closed, we saw exaggerated weeping and gnashing of teeth on the left and gloating on right…well nothing in the statement from Judge Nettesheim would indicate that either party is correct. Here is a quote of District Attorney John Chisholm about the reason for closing the John Doe:

“After a review of the John Doe evidence, I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded,” Chisholm said in a statement. “As a consequence, last week my office petitioned for, and Judge Nettesheim has granted, the closure of the John Doe investigation.”

“I am satisfied that all charges that are supported by proof beyond a reasonable doubt have now been brought and concluded.” This doesn’t say that there were no other areas that were investigated and found lacking in proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Doesn’t mean that there may have been other person(s) of interest that weren’t charged within the boundaries of this investigation. And it doesn’t specifically say that ANYONE was exonerated of any crime or criminal activity.

So this little jig and chant from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is just an assumption on his part:

“Gov. Walker once again has done nothing wrong,” said state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester). “It’s important to know that this is a complete vindication of what he did and once again a reaffirmation of how he did things right.”

Governor Walker has stated that he was not the target of the investigation…and he may not have been…and he wasn’t charged with anything at all…not even bad judgement in hiring staff…but you always have to wonder when there’s smoke…who’s holding the match?