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Former Scott Walker Aide Sues prosecutors for WI John Doe “Home Invasion”

Former Scott Walker Aide Sues prosecutors for WI John Doe “Home Invasion”

Treated like a terrorist for being conservative and tied to Scott Walker

We previously covered Cynthia Archer, Wisconsin Dems used battering rams against Scott Walker supporters – literally

Archer was a woman whose home was raised by paramilitary-style commandos working at the behest of Milwaukee County Prosecutor John Chishom as part of “John Doe No. 2.”

Archer’s only alleged crime was being a former aide to Scott Walker, and being conservative. That flimsy pretense was enough enough to make her a target in the second (hence, John Doe No. 2) secret investigation of Walker, based on the allegation that there was illegal campaign coordination among conservative groups and the Walker campaign during the Recall election.

We have covered the legal proceedings extensively. The federal and state courts have rejected the prosecution’s theory in the face of lawsuits alleging, among other things, that the laws on campaign coordination and the investigations violated freedom of speech. The key case as to the investigation now is on appeal in the state court system, and the John Doe No. 2 investigation is on hold.

Our John Doe (WI) Tag traces the history of the cases.

But lost in this legal wrangling is the damage done to real people, such as Archer.

She explained what happened to her to David French in National Review:

Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking.

She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door. “I was so afraid,” she says. “I did not know what to do.” She grabbed some clothes, opened the door, and dressed right in front of the police. The dogs were still frantic….

They wouldn’t let her speak to a lawyer. She looked outside and saw a person who appeared to be a reporter. Someone had tipped him off. The neighbors started to come outside, curious at the commotion, and all the while the police searched her house, making a mess, and — according to Cindy — leaving her “dead mother’s belongings strewn across the basement floor in a most disrespectful way.”

Then they left, carrying with them only a cellphone and a laptop.

The story was covered by Megyn Kelly:

Now Archer has sued, as reported in The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

A longtime aide to Gov. Scott Walker has filed a lawsuit against Milwaukee County prosecutors, saying they violated her civil rights during a now-closed John Doe investigation.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Cindy Archer accused District Attorney John Chisholm and four others of violating her rights during the secret probe into Walker’s aides and associates.

Archer’s complaint said the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office, under Chisholm’s direction, has “conducted a continuous campaign of harassment and intimidation against individuals and organizations in retaliation for their association with Scott Walker and their support for his policies, especially public-sector collective-bargaining reforms.”

The Complaint is here.

The Wisconsin Watchdog website further reports:

The lawsuit was filed in Milwaukee County court by Baker and Hostetler LLP, the heavy-hitting Washington, D.C. law firm that represented conservative Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth in their federal lawsuit against Chisholm and fellow John Doe prosecutors. That lawsuit was stopped at the federal appeals court level because the court ruled that the lawsuit was a state not a federal matter.

O’Keefe tells Wisconsin Watchdog that he is fundraising for Archer’s litigation. Contributions may be made at

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CloseTheFed | July 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm

Wisconsin has some statutes I just cannot believe. Thanks for following this.

Taking the depositions in this case ought to be some fun, unless the County is wise enough to make a handsome settlement.

So, where are the claims for abuse of process (malicious prosecution) and false imprisonment? The elements are alleged, and the adverse termination of the John Doe proceedings would seem to support both.

    sidebar in reply to Valerie. | July 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    As much as I would like to see this case go forward, lawsuits against prosecutors are usually disposed of on a motion to dismiss or the equivalent. Absolute prosecutorial immunity is strong doctrine.

    We will see if this Court agrees with United State District Court Judge Rudolph Randa that the defendants are not entitled to “sovereign immunity, prosecutorial immunity, qualified immunity, and “quasi-judicial” immunity”

Chisholm the fascist and his SS henchmen. What a nice town Madison must be. I hope Archer wins enough money to move.

Shades of MacBeth.

MouseTheLuckyDog | July 2, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Hmm. These are lawsuits aqainst the individuals? ( The wording indicates such. )
I really hope so, and I really hope they request the court order disbarment proceedings.

If not I hope some consumer activist group or something like that sue the individuals for reimbursement to the government.

Somehow or other, if a group of ‘police’ show up outside my door at 3AM screaming for me to open the door, my first instinct is to step back into the bedroom and telephone 911 while I’m putting on my pants.

“Hello! There’s a bunch of armed men out on my lawn screaming that I had better open my door or they’re going to break it in! What should I do?”

Secondly, if the police in question (after identifying themselves and presenting the search warrant) inform me that I am not to talk to my lawyer, my *second* call will be to my lawyer, informing him of the ‘request’ and putting him on retainer, even if it is 3am and I’m just talking to his answering machine.

No reasonable person would deny it was a gross abuse of power – not just the raid on Archer, but the entire “investigation” was clearly politically motivated. Much will depend on how Wisconsin’s immunity statutes read, and the relevant case law.

Eventually, if these suits lose at the state level, they may be able to move to federal courts. But if they cannot prevail at some level against this sort of egregious abuse of power, something is seriously wrong with the justice system.

    platypus in reply to Estragon. | July 3, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Uh, there has long been something seriously wrong with the justice system. BTW they changed the spelling to ‘just us’.

Chishom is an absolute disgrace. Why has the Wisconsin bar not started disbarment proceedings against this corrupt, unethical POS?

Best of luck to Archer in her lawsuit. I hope she bankrupts every defendant involved in this inexcusable abuse of power.

    walls in reply to Observer. | July 3, 2015 at 8:53 am

    It would be unfortunate if his house was struck by lightning and burnt down.

      Valerie in reply to walls. | July 3, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Nope. A big judgment with personal liability, followed by disbarrment would be quite satisfactory, if a bit slow.

Since Chisholm so likes “fishing expeditions” perhaps discovery can be directed at his wife’s union connection since he appears to have been acting on her specific interest. I doubt any of these “public servants” has a pot to #*$$ in so plaintiff needs to find a deep pocket to pay damages. Subpoena HIS emails to that union and the union’s emails to his wife. RICO Chisholm as Chevron did Donziger. Chisholm cannot claim privilege just because he is incompetent.

Spiny Norman | July 3, 2015 at 11:15 am

That lawsuit was stopped at the federal appeals court level because the court ruled that the lawsuit was a state not a federal matter.

I’m not getting why 4th Amendment violations are not a federal matter.

In many parts of the country these individuals would have “accidents” for treating people this way.

Phillep Harding | July 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm

“ordered to not call her lawyer”???

IANAL, but that sounds really interesting. Like “someone is in the deep and stinky” interesting.

Since Republicans are in control in Wisconsin I’m not getting why Chisolm isn’t in solitary confinement lockup or working on a chain gang.

Michael Haz | July 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm

As you can imagine, Cindy Archer and others have incurred legal expenses for having committed the crime of being Republican in Wisconsin.

There is a way to donate some money to help pay those legal costs. If you go this this website, there is a “Donate” button.

Some questions arise out of this.

It doesn’t look good that Walker threw her under the bus. If her career has indeed been “ruined”, it’s not because of anything Chisholm did, but because Walker was afraid of getting stink on him. Even if that can be understood and forgiven, when the truth came out why didn’t he apologise and put her back into the career path she should have had with him?

And how has her reputation been ruined? More people know of her now, as a victim of injustice, than ever knew of her before. It seems to me that any temporary damage done to her reputation has been more than repaired, and it’s now better than it ever was. Is there anyone left who still thinks she did something wrong?