Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Tuesday that he has not launched a formal criminal probe of a phone call between Gov. Scott Walker and a New York blogger posing as billionaire donor David Koch.
But at a news conference, Ozanne said he would be interested in knowing more about what conversations the governor had with others about planting instigators in the mass of peaceful demonstrators outside the Capitol.
"At this time I do not find any criminal liability," Ozanne said, although he added that he was concerned about the statements Walker made to "Koch."
More than anything, Ozanne said, the statements "spoke directly to (Walker's) character."
Ozanne also said he has not launched a probe concerning the actions of 14 Senate Democrats who have been hiding in Illinois in order to delay a vote on Walker's budget repair bill, which would end collective bargaining for most state employees on all issues but salary.
"That it frustrates the majority (party) does not make it a crime," Ozanne said.
Ozanne also said he has not received any complaints about the controversial vote on the bill taken by Assembly Republicans and is not certain what, if anything, would be in his power to prosecute on that issue.
Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney also spoke about law enforcement's role in keeping the peace at the Capitol. He said that when the state Department of Administration decided to block access to the Capitol, he pulled his deputies from that duty because it is not their job to act as "palace guard."