Thursday, September 20, 2018

In Racine County, a court dispute over access to public records is fought in secrecy

From JSOnline:

The unusual case, now on appeal but also absent from the Court of Appeals web-based index, has only come to light because a maverick Racine Common Council member got tired of what she calls growing secrecy and concentrated power in her local government.
"To me, it’s a huge issue," said Sandy Weidner. "I’m willing to defy the judge's order that it’s sealed."
Advocates for open government are astounded and have never heard of a public records suit being sealed, or any kind of case without some record of who the parties are and why it was under seal.
"Everything I know about this case seems atrocious," said Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
"These communications should never have been withheld. The trial court judge should never have allowed this matter to be adjudicated in secret. His decision should not have been sealed. The appellate court should not have allowed this secrecy to extend to the appeal."
"These are low-level communications from local residents about local issues, not the  Pentagon Papers," Lueders said.



Our "leaders" are lying pigs.

No Surprise Here!

Dear City of Racine Alderpersons,

It appears that the corrupt Courts and Judges of Racine County are just there to provide cover for the criminal misdeeds of Public Officials and the wealthy – it happens again, and again, and again. Anything goes for those with the right political connections.

Past outrages include:

Racine County Circuit Judge Gerald Ptacek ruling that John Dickert was acting in his official capacity as Mayor while he was campaigning during a radio interview at WRJN. Thus forcing City of Racine taxpayers to pay John Dickert’s S100,000 legal bills? A ruling which any competent Judge or conscious public would know was – at best – LAUGHABLE, and downright contrary to the laws of State of Wisconsin!  Because IF John Dickert was campaigning while Mayor, it would be a criminal act!

Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz sentencing convicted child molester Curt Johnson, worth $2.7 billion, to 4 months is the County Jail, and a  $6,000 fine as part of his punishment for two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty to both back in June.He didn't even have to register as a SEX OFFENDER!
Both charges were drastically amended; Johnson was initially charged with repeated sexual assault of a child, which is a felony.
And now the latest outrage, from Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz:
...after meeting with lawyers in his chambers (concerning Sandy Weidner’s Open Records lawsuit) , telling others there for the hearing that they had to leave because he was sealing the case.
The judge said recently he sealed the case “because of the nature of the action. It’s one that shouldn’t be open. I made a public policy determination.”
But wasn’t it an open records case? “I’m sorry, I can’t tell you. It’s sealed,” Gasiorkiewicz said.
As for City of Racine Attorney Scott Letteney - it's amazing that he finds for such harassing nonsense since he must also perform his duties as Town of Geneva Municipal Judge. At least City of Racine's part time City Attorney/Town of Geneva Municipal Judge has good connections with the corrupt Courts and Judges of Racine County.
Sincerely,
Tim & Cindy
Judge Gasiorkiewicz,

Are you fukking nuts? 

In the past I have documented that the Racine County court system is a corrupt cesspool of scheming and complicit judges, a corrupt district attorney (Michael Nieskes) who engaged in the criminal act of filing a false affidavit into court records and a dirty judge (Gerald Ptacek) who protected the piece of shit Michael Nieskes from being subpoenaed into court to impeach his testimony of his false affidavit.

But - Never in my wildest of dreams would I have expected to see the day where a circuit court case is completely remove from the court dockets to avoid public scrutiny.

To further add insult, a complicit court of Appeals  is also engaged in the egregious conduct  of not docketing the court case. These acts are against the public's right to oversee our courts (however derelict and corrupt they may be).

You judge Gasiorkiewicz have reach another new low - even for the ever corrupt 2nd district circuit court.

How proud 2nd. district circuit court Chief Judge Jason Rossell must be overseeing such contemptible acts upon the public.

I request the assigned court docket case # of your sealed court case involving Sandy Weidner and I want the docket # immediately.

Please see Open Records Request attachment.

Respectfully submitted,
Legal Stranger

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Y'know, originally thumbs up meant kill the guy and thumbs down meant spare him.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Cory & Company make DeGroot & Company look like Pikers.

A Racine County judge said he's only sealed one case in his career. The case he chose to hide from taxpayers and Racine city residents? A petition for access to public records.
The unusual case, now on appeal but also absent from the Court of Appeals web-based index, has only come to light because a maverick Racine Common Council member got tired of what she calls growing secrecy and concentrated power in her local government.
"To me, it’s a huge issue," said Sandy Weidner. "I’m willing to defy the judge's order that it’s sealed."
Advocates for open government are astounded and have never heard of a public records suit being sealed, or any kind of case without some record of who the parties are and why it was under seal.
"Everything I know about this case seems atrocious," said Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
"These communications should never have been withheld. The trial court judge should never have allowed this matter to be adjudicated in secret. His decision should not have been sealed. The appellate court should not have allowed this secrecy to extend to the appeal."
"These are low-level communications from local residents about local issues, not the  Pentagon Papers," Lueders said.
Patrick Kabat, a First Amendment lawyer in Cleveland who leads a First Amendment clinic at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, said it's unheard of for a judge to seal an entire case without some public record of why.
"This is not a public records issue, it’s a courts access issue," he said, "and state open meetings law doesn’t control that, it can’t be wished away."  
Kabat said his clinic's focus is "reminding courts there are two parties in front of them, but the forgotten third party is the public. And its right is enforceable."

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/19/wisconsin-open-records-fight-plays-out-secrecy/1307258002/

Man accused of biting 3-year-old's face

From The Journal Times.com:

Monroe
RACINE — A Racine man is facing charges after allegedly biting a 3-year-old girl in the face and beating her mother.

Timothy H. Monroe, 19, of the 1000 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, is charged with felony counts of physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm, and false imprisonment, and misdemeanor battery.

.....

As of Tuesday afternoon, Monroe remained in custody on a $500 cash bond and a $5,000 signature bond, online records show. A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 3 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.

Read more: https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-accused-of-biting--year-old-s-face/article_616a4f34-b468-59d9-aac1-6cb77f8e9285.html#tracking-source=home-trending


This guy's cash bond is $500.  Once again, Racine demonstrates its antipathy toward children.  Mr. Monroe should be bitten on the face and punched in the eye.  

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, all God's chillun.  Blessings upon you.  You've got great weather for another mass shooting.  But you must hurry up.  A cold front is on the way: https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/wi/racine/KWIRACIN70?cm_ven=localwx_10day 
We've been fortunate that we had few days of real heat.  Not enough rain, but that's true of almost every growing season now.  Climate change can be felt everywhere, but there's not a lot we can do about it.  It's the huge industrial producers, especially overseas, that poison our air and water.  We better start taking care of this planet or the UFOs will,

As Ms. Tender Heart Bear proclaimed in another thread, she is in second place in this week's standings in the Irregular Footbal League.

 
I'm in fifth place and Mr. OrbsCorbs is in sixth.  Mr. hale-boppremains the man to beat.  Go get him, Ms. Tender Heart Bear.

In professional football, our Green Bat Packers had to settle for a tie with the Minnesota Vikings.  Pretty soon Aaron Rodgers will have a brace attached to every joint on his body.  The $19.8 million dollar man.  I want so badly to believe, but I know that Mr. Rodgers will be further injured.  It's his karma, or kismet.  All those millions have purchased us a porcelain doll.  Watch how easily he breaks.

I remember the old days of Bart Starr and shrugging off an injury.  No prima donnas then.  Those days are long past.  Back then, they played football.  Today, they perform.

My condolences to the family of the Mount Pleasant public works employee who was killed by a car.

And my condolences to the family of Alderman Ray DeHahn.  Not too many are willing to serve like he did.

Indeed, most people don't give a damn about local politics, just so long as their money keeps coming in.  At times I feel that we're a city of idiots ruled over by even bigger idiots.  What does it matter?  Who cares?  Just a few.  Most people are too busy with their own lives to get involved in politics.  The politicians count on that.  Thus they rule the roost.

Junior is back driving again.  I haven't asked SeƱor Zanza about the details, and I don't intend to.  I assume that what they're doing is legal.  If it's not, they'll get busted.  Junior is cursed with the Zoltar curse: an inability to commit crime.  He's gotten around it in the past, but now he seems more mellow and trusting.  He's getting older.

Mr. Trump has been extraordinarily quiet this past week.  Now that most of his key staff members are under investigation, he has quieted down.  Perhaps he knows what's next, what will be revealed.  He might get impeached yet.

That's it.  I love you all and wish for nothing but the best for you.  I love readers of my blog.  We are family.

madamezoltar@jtirregulars.com

Enjoy what's left of summer.  We'll still get some warm days even though the nights are cool.  Great sleeping weather. Great weather for a hike or a bicycle ride.  Get out and do something.

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Open Blog - Wednesday


It would take me more than a day to atone for my sins.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mushroom Clod

All summer long I got my dinky apartment’s windows sprung wide so’s to attract a gentle cooling breeze and soothe my heated brow. And all summer long—morning, noon and night—all I heard was the constant kvetching from a focking uber-flock of winged rats hell-bent on keeping me sleep deprived.
And what do these garbage birds really need to communicate to each other that’s so important—“Hey, I just flew by the corner of Water Street and Juneau and saw some college knob puke his guts out; so beaks off. That vomit is mine, assholes.”
So yesterday, I closed my windows what with the finally weather. I took a stroll around the neighborhood and noticed there was nary a suck-ass seagull to be seen or heard. I rushed back to my dinky apartment for a soothing snooze, the first in months. Mission accomplished.
And I awoke from some stupid dream during which I had shaved half my dome smooth as a baby’s butt and then grew my hair on the other half extra-long so I could comb it over the bald half. I got to tell you, when I start having dreams about fashion, my world is crumbling. I hate fashion. And I hate dreams. For christ sakes, you fall asleep and all of a sudden your brain becomes some kind of focking avant-garde film director high on LSD? Sleep is overrated, what the fock, ain’a?
So I became awake, put on the TV and thought I heard that the History Channel’s going to repeat a show coming up about big-deal historical discoveries and discoverers—probably the usual suspects, you know, your fire, movable type, Tyco Brahe, flight, Albert Einstein, combustion engine, the transistor, Leonardo da focking Vinci—which sounded like a good chance for me to further catch up on my sleep-time and then awaken with restored energy for pissing and moaning.
But hey, I’ll bet you a buck two-eighty one thing they won’t mention on that show is the discovery of the liquor store. I tell you, the guy who came up with that kind of scheme should be in the historical hall of fame. Only a thousand years ago, I don’t know if people even had stores for anything much less one devoted only to good times stored in bottles on shelves that are never empty. I suppose hundreds and hundreds of years ago, if a regular guy had a taste for a little eye opener, he had to go make his own. What a pain in the butt, ain’a? Probably what happened is that breakthroughs in political theory proved that the more time spent making hootch, the less time spent drinking it—an equation that gave rise to wars that could last a hundred years at a crack, I kid you not.
And I’ll bet this show won’t touch on the importance of the discovery of the gentlemen’s periodical and its role in the creation of the modern society we enjoy today. Hard to imagine the hoops you’d have to jump through even 500 years ago just to see a gal buck-naked. Sure, a lot of those old-fart fine-art painters you might’ve heard of in school knew from putting skin on canvas, but during their time in the Middle Ages, most of their paintings were scooped up by some kind of liege lord and locked up for safekeeping in a dank castle, unavailable for the perusal and edification of the common Joe Blow pissant.
HOLD ON! Just read this excerpt from the Stormy Daniels soon-to-be-released book, Full Disclosure. This, from NBC News: Daniels had lingering remorse over the experience for years, writing that any time she'd see Trump on television, she’d think: “I had sex with that, I’d say to myself. Eech.”
So let’s get out of here with a little story: So this little kid just got potty trained. But when he went to the bathroom to go Number One, the kid managed to hit everything but the toilet. So mom had to go clean up every time the kid went to take a leak. After two weeks, she had enough and took him the doctor.
After the exam, the doctor said, “My good woman. The problem for your son is that his, shall we say, ‘unit’ is too small. An old wives’ tale is to give him two slices of toast each morning, and his unit will grow so that he can hold it and aim straight. You may want to try that.”
Next morning the little kid jumped out of bed and ran downstairs to the kitchen. There on the table are 12 slices of toast. “Mom!” the kid says. “The doctor said I only had to eat two slices.” The mother says, “I know. The other ten are for your father.”
Ba-ding! ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I “toad” you so.

From: https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=514457884876261588#editor/target=post;postID=5632996840880527882

Mount Pleasant worker dies after being struck by car

From The Journal Times.com:

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mount Pleasant public works employee struck by a car on Monday afternoon has died, Mount Pleasant Village Administrator Maureen Murphy confirmed Tuesday morning.
Murphy confirmed the identity of the man killed as 61-year-old Dan Huck.
“We are heartbroken by the loss of Dan Huck. Dan was struck by a vehicle yesterday while doing his job. Our thoughts are with Dan's family as they grieve his loss,” Murphy said in a statement sent out to Mount Pleasant employees Tuesday morning.
“Dan was a 22-year veteran of the Village’s Sewer Utility. He will be missed by his co-workers. Dan is survived by two daughters and a grandchild.”

Read more:  https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/mount-pleasant-worker-dies-after-being-struck-by-car/article_8dada994-31a3-50d4-9cea-e536585dbe68.html#tracking-source=home-top-story


That's the second death of a public works employee this summer.  Both were struck by cars.  My condolences to Mr. Huck's family.

Open Blog - Tuesday


Eek!

Monday, September 17, 2018

GARSKI FOUND NOT GUILTY AFTER VILLAGE FILES MUNICIPAL COURT COMPLAINT

A Better Mount Pleasant Sends:
 Former Village President Jerry Garski was found not guilty Thursday, September 13, of violating a village ordinance over his home-based business. Wind Point Municipal Judge John Knuteson dismissed the case against Garski, ending a nearly two-year battle with the village that began with multiple complaints filed in 2016 by Trustee Anna Marie Clausen and former Community Development Authority Chair Pat Barlament.
Knuteson ruled that Garski possessed the appropriate permits and licenses approved by village officials in 2011 to operate his business in Mt. Pleasant, validating Garski’s original and consistent assertions that he had not violated village ordinances.
News of the original complaints against Garski were published in November 2016, when four separate complaints about Garski’s properties and businesses were filed within a 24-hour period by Clausen and Barlament.
The complaints against Garski led to additional allegations by Safebuilt, LLC, the independent agency hired by the village to investigate and a State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Review Board investigation filed by the Village of Mt. Pleasant and Safebuilt, LLC.
In November 2017, the Village of Mt. Pleasant cited Garski for operating his business on his property, a violation of his conditional use permit - which could have resulted in a fine of $6,250 - forcing Garski to suspend operation of his business and to retain legal counsel to represent him.
In June 2018, the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professionals Services Review Board dismissed the complaints against Garski, stated that both Safebuilt and the Village of Mt. Pleasant had failed to provide sufficient evidence of violations.
Following the state’s dismissal, the Village of Mt. Pleasant attempted to offer Garski a deal in which they would dismiss the citation with prejudice, if Garski would agree to pay the village’s legal fees of $1,250. Their offer reserved the village’s right to impose future citations against him if he continued to operate his business.
Garski declined, saying he was not violating village ordinances and possessed the appropriate permits and licenses for his business. He said he would rather go to court.
A few weeks later, the village offered to split the cost of their legal fees with Garski for $650, again with prejudice and the potential for future citations. Garski said no.
Knuteson’s ruling on Thursday represents not just the end of Garski’s effort to defend himself, but also eliminates the waste of taxpayer funds spent by the village by having the following public employees fruitlessly pursue the allegations against him:
- Village of Mt. Pleasant Interim Administrator and Police Chief Tim Zarzecki
- Village Clerk/Treasurer Stephanie Kohlhagen
- Village of Mt. Pleasant Planning Director Sam Schultz
- South Shore Fire Department Chief Bob Stedman
- Mt. Pleasant Village Building Inspector Leonard Hannula
- Mt. Pleasant Clerk’s Office staff
- Mt. Pleasant Police Department staff
- South Shore Fire Department staff
- Mt. Pleasant Building Department staff
- State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional -Services Investigator
- State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Paralegal Staff
- State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services Review Board
- Wind Point Municipal Judge John Knuteson
- Wind Point Municipal Clerk
In addition to the municipal complaints filed against Garski, Clausen and others also filed a host of additional complaints against him and asked for public requests related to his time as both a village trustee and village president:
- Hundreds of public records on Garski going back years were requested by Clausen and Sam Wahlen, the son of former Village Administrator Kurt Wahen.
- Wahlen filed a complaint with the Racine County District Attorney’s office against Garski saying he was violating campaign finance laws.
- Village Clerk Stephane Kohlhagen accused Garski of harassment for not getting a bigger raise.
- Garski’s opponent, Dave DeGroot, suggested Garski was involved in the egging of his house, issuing a press release and filing a police report during the April 2017 election.
Please see the timeline of events posted below as evidence that these complaints were fueled by purely political reasons. All complaints were determined unfounded, and all records requested led to no additional action against Garski.
The village has 20 days to appeal Judge Knuteson’s ruling.
https://www.facebook.com/abettermtpleasant/posts/754499514882245?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARCA2SyvDHpICnGTVztJF1KrEEPBR-1_4-sNHhfLueIFIWvJaJMImLXt_qVpqe0X5rSLx4Q9vzUu6FiY0I9lDrz8Wsb0dYlbmkonSkRlZhVkRr-Y5ThHCrKKIbV60O3MfPOc-tvVbb6heMSjrhyyxHC1PnvejNTYor7-vC4oa6SPNjwqJsJc&__tn__=K-R

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Those who fought for our freedom and then put together our country were inspired.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Bread - The Guitar Man

AVOID the Mean Mr. Mustard!


LOL!


Bask in the Sun King!

Entire South Shore Park beach to be moved to avoid E. coli and frequent closings

From JSOnline:

Racine County – Come Stay Awhile

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Foxconn Racine County:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZeHxxQaIRkTDr9W0aK4WHA

Open Blog - Weekend


Have a good one.