In a story that apparently got lost in the events around the Inauguration on Friday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered the release of documents related to the John Doe investigations into Governor Walker’s campaigns.
The documents will be heavily redacted so it isn’t really clear how useful they will be to the public in determining what actually went on and if District Attorney John Chisholm had cause to pursue the case. That is an issue that Walker supporters have been arguing since day one.
The court ordered that several dozen documents be made available to the public. It is unclear how heavily redacted the documents will be.
What is odd is who on the court was involved and who wasn’t.
Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson partially dissented from the decision, saying she favored the release of the documents but did not agree that all the redactions were necessary or consistent. Justices Ann Walsh Bradley, Rebecca Grassl Bradley and Daniel Kelly did not participate.
How valid is a court ruling if three justices don’t even participate? And hopefully the reasons they didn’t participate will be disclosed in upcoming news items.