Defiant Statement of the John Doe II Prosecutor

December 2, 2015

This is the statement that John Doe II Prosecutor Francis Schmitz released today, December 2, on the State Supreme Court’s decision to can him and to not reconsider its July decision closing down the John Doe II investigation.
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“I am disappointed with the decision issued today and if I have the resources, intend to pursue an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.  I continue to believe that the investigation was justified. The voters of Wisconsin have a right to know the identity of large donors, corporate and individual, which coordinate with campaign committees.
“The miscalculation I made in this investigation was underestimating the power and influence special interest groups have in Wisconsin politics.  
“My career in the military and as a federal prosecutor fighting violent criminals and terrorists did not fully prepare me for the tactics employed by these special interest groups.  When sued in federal court for violating their “civil rights,” I, along other members of the investigative team, were vindicated by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  
“I intend to continue to pursue what I believe is the right course for those citizens of Wisconsin who do not have the financial resources to influence elections.”