WisPolitics: Burke: AG Rival Knew Charges Months in Advance 4/30/2004 By Gary Fisher An attorney for former Dem state Sen. Brian Burke filed additional
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, May 1, 2004
WisPolitics: Burke: AG Rival Knew Charges Months in Advance 4/30/2004
By Gary Fisher
An attorney for former Dem state Sen. Brian Burke filed additional documents today in Dane County Circuit Court supporting his motions to dismiss charges against the former Milwaukee lawmaker.
Jeremy Levinson, Burke's lawyer, filed information stating that Libertarian Rolf Lindgren overheard then-attorney general candidate Peg Lautenslager discuss potential criminal charges against Burke at the Plaza Tavern at least seven months before he was charged with misconduct in public office.
"Mr. Lindgren testifies that, at a gathering at the Plaza bar in Madison in December 2001, he asked Ms. Lautenschlager about the so-called 'caucus scandal.' Mr. Lindgren testifies that Ms. Lautenschlager told him that 'Brian Burke is going to be indicted,'" the court filing said.
Levinson argues that if Lindgren's testimony is accurate, "this would represent a major
violation of the law governing John Doe proceedings and is highly relevant to Mr. Burke's motion to dismiss ..."
Another document seeks to dismiss charges because he says a State Ethics Board press release regarding former Republican Gov. Scott McCallum's use of state aircraft and a boat provided by a lobbyist provide further support to one of Burke's motions to dismiss.
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