Originally published February 11, 2014.
Mr. O’Keefe’s civil rights have been violated by politically charged Wisconsin prosecutors. The prosecutors picked on the wrong guy here and are now facing the almost certain prospect of a full-blow public beat down. In the spirit of full disclosure, Eric is a friend of mine. Be that as it may, the facts are on his side and payback awaits the soon to be humiliated prosecutors. Here the Wall Street Journal details the thuggery mounted against the Wisconsin Club for Growth and Eric O’Keefe.
The Wisconsin prosecutors conducting a secret criminal probe of conservative political groups were warned last month that they were inviting a federal lawsuit. On Monday they got one, as two of their targets charged the prosecutors with violating their civil rights. Sometimes the only way to stop a bully is to punch back.
The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Milwaukee by David Rivkin and the BakerHostetler law firm on behalf of the Wisconsin Club for Growth and its director Eric O’Keefe. The suit names four Milwaukee prosecutors and two others, including special prosecutor Francis Schmitz and Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, who have conducted a secret grand jury-like investigation called a ” John Doe ” into Mr. O’Keefe, the Club for Growth and other conservative groups that are allies of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
The suit charges that prosecutors have spent four years attempting to harass and silence groups whose politics they dislike. Much of the suit is redacted because Wisconsin’s John Doe statute keeps the charges and the names of the targets under seal. But we’ve seen copies of the subpoenas, which include kitchen-sink demands for documents and communications. And we know that prosecutors and police conducted dawn raids that ransacked homes of some targets.