MILWAUKEE — A former aide to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive is due in court for a final pre-trial hearing.

Timothy D. Russell has pleaded not guilty to three embezzlement charges. He's accused of stealing more than $21,000 from a nonprofit organization that Walker asked him to lead.

The hearing is Monday morning. Russell's jury trial begins two weeks later.

Russell is one of six Walker aides and associates charged with crimes. The charges stem from a secret John Doe investigation. Walker has repeatedly said he is not a target of the investigation, and he hasn't been charged with wrongdoing.

Walker faces a recall election Tuesday. His Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, has been trying to use the investigation to raise questions about Walker's leadership.

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Jail is too good for this low life, who is emblematic of the type of person Walker likes to have as a wing man. Wisconsin is ready for a change back to normalcy-vote June 5th.

Phil Ball

Read the formal complaints.
Then consider the fact that Walker knowingly tolerated, even abetted this appalling behavior.
The public complaints available to all at the DA's web page make it clear
that Walker and his staff and stalwart supporters such as Sen. Fitzgerald
not only knew of this behavior but never raised a nay agin it. They too are culpable.
Be warned; the reading is tough going. Ripping off the survivors of dead vets, and
pedophilia along with child pornography…what can one say?
And yes, there is strong evidence that the second person in the van was Walker's closest
ally over these past two decades, Timothy Russell.

For those Walker/Fitzgerald supporters who feel betrayed, but can't bring yourself to vote
for anyone other than a conservative or Tea Party supporter, simply stay home. I can't believe anyone would knowingly support the Walkers and Fitzgeralds and their ilk after knowing what you now know about this whole tawdry crew.
Read the full documents.
Then decide.
There is nothing wrong with changing your mind due to being presented with indisputable
new evidence.

er a decade

Andy Olsen

The Wisconsin State Journal apparently doesn't think ripping off the survivors of US veterans is noteworthy.

They're in the bag for Walker.

Andy Olsen

Is this a FoxNews outlet now?!?

Why does this "news" story omit the very relevant fact that the charity in question was for families, widows and orphans of veterans?

"Prosecutors say he stole more than $42,000 in donations intended to honor veterans and help the families of U.S. service members killed or wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. The majority of the stolen funds, the complaint says, was supposed to go to Operation Freedom."




Go Johnny, go Johnny, go Johnny Doe!

Dick Dastardly

Come on WSJ. Is this the best mud you can throw one day before we vote for Governor Scott Walker?

Ever heard the one about digging holes? When you're in one, quit digging.



Where do you get any mud throwing form WSJ in this article? And what hole are they digging???

There's nothing in this article that isn't factual and we haven't been aware of previously. You are trying so hard to defend the indefensible Walker that you are making judgements on articles just based on your hate for the opposition. You need to face facts at some point that all of these Walker aides are accountable for their behavior and this isn't a conspiracy. These people have broken the law.


Reporting the facts and reporting them for what they are is considered "mud slinging" in their warped teapublican world.
Don't even try to figure out how their minds come to that conclusion. It's a crazy place that you should avoid going to at all costs.

Andy Olsen

So, Dick, you think it's not news when a Governor's aides rip off veterans and widows and orphans? As it is, this thin report leaves that fact out.

The Republican base will even defend ripping off veterans and widows and orphans. You guys care only about yourselves.


I don't see how reporting a simple fact, the hearing is happening today, without embellishment, is mudslinging. You may not want to hear it, but it is a fact and it is news. Mud slinging would be reporting the "Walker abandoned love child" story. Even though that story looks like it is going to have some real legs, news outlets are avoiding it like crazy at this time so as not to appear biased.

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