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Saturday, March 2, 2019
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From: Rep.Vos <Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov>
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2019 9:46 PM
To: Rep.Vos <Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov>
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Dear State Rep Robin Vos -
When will the State of Wisconsin investigate the criminal government
which rules Racine County, prosecute the criminal State Actors, and
restore Law and Order to Racine County?
The more we know about efforts by officials in Racine to shield public
records from public view, the more outrageous it seems.
In late January, the office of Racine City Attorney Scott Letteney
disclosed a summary of records it has fought tooth and nail to keep
secret. It showed these to be ordinary email communications, mainly
between Racine Ald. Sandra Weidner and her constituents.
In one email, Weidner asked the city attorney’s office whether a given
contract would need city council approval. Another attached a
resolution regarding the creation of a redevelopment authority. There
were also emails concerning a bar license and a constituent's claim
for garage damages.
These are the kinds of records routinely released by local governments
throughout the state.
Yet Letteney’s reaction suggests the emails contained vital national
security secrets, perhaps the nuclear launch codes. He believes,
apparently, that any communication from within city government that
intersects with the work of his office is top secret.
Racine County Circuit Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz showed bad judgment
in keeping routine records from the public, writes Bill Lueders,
president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.
Letteney’s bad judgment was matched by that of Racine City Judge
Eugene Gasiorkiewicz, who agreed to seal the entire file of Weidner’s
lawsuit challenging the city attorney’s actions. Even the judge’s
ruling, which found that some of these records should be public, was
filed under seal.
The public was literally denied the right to know about a lawsuit
regarding its right to know.
And when Weidner did the courageous thing and went public with
information about the case, Letteney demanded and Gasiorkiewicz
imposed a contempt of court charge against her.
It gets even worse.
A request from the Racine Journal Times for records showing how much
city taxpayers were paying an outside law firm to go after Weidner was
denied, on grounds that these were filed under seal.
A state appeals court is now reviewing Weidner’s records suit and
contempt conviction. News organizations including the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel, USA Today Network-Wisconsin, Wisconsin Broadcasters
Association, Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and Wisconsin Freedom of
Information Council (of which I am president) filed a motion to
intervene, asking that the case and documents be unsealed.
This led to a determination that the vast majority of case records
must be made public, as they should have been all along.
As the Journal Times reported, the released invoices show Racine
taxpayers have shelled out nearly $18,000 to fund Letteney’s crusade
against Weidner. This went to pay two attorneys $350 and $205 an hour,
respectively, for about 68 hours of work. Weidner’s attorney, Terry
Rose, deemed these fees “excessive in light of the issues involved,”
noting that his defense of Weidner, at $300 an hour, came to less than
Let us be clear about what has happened. City Attorney Letteney, with
Judge Gasiorkiewicz’s help, has wasted many thousands of taxpayer
dollars to embrace a shocking level of official secrecy. Weidner and
media organizations have, at their own expense, pushed back against
this, and thus far prevailed.
But the wrong that has been done here has not yet been righted. There
ought to be consequences for the bad judgment shown by Letteney and
Gasiorkiewicz, as well as by Racine Mayor Cory Mason — who, as far as
I can tell, has sat on his hands as this outrage has played out in his
The violation of the public trust here has been severe. The
repercussions should be also.
I look forward to your reply.
Tim & Cindy
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May I ask you this question -
If I choose to be a Non-Voter - am I Sovereign?
Speaker Vos was elected by Voters to Speak for them and enact
Legislation and ensure it is enforced.
If I do not Vote for a Representative Speaker - then I am not Subject
to the Legislation proposed or approved by those Speakers.
If, as a Non-Voter, I would be subject the Legislation of an Elected
Speaker - then does a State of War exist?
Why should I be subject to the Legislation of someone who I did not
Elect, or even participate in the Voting for - What if my best
interest is not yours? Whose Will shall bend? Based upon what? A
Non-Voter would have NO standing in a State Court - as he is
Just a question.
The Constitution has no inherent authority or obligation. It has no
authority or obligation at all, unless as a contract between man and
man. And it does not so much as even purport to be a contract between
persons now existing. It purports, at most, to be only a contract
between persons living eighty years ago. And it can be supposed to
have been a contract then only between persons who had already come to
years of discretion, so as to be competent to make reasonable and
obligatory contracts. Furthermore, we know, historically, that only a
small portion even of the people then existing were consulted on the
subject, or asked, or permitted to express either their consent or
dissent in any formal manner. Those persons, if any, who did give
their consent formally, are all dead now. Most of them have been dead
forty, fifty, sixty, or seventy years. And the constitution, so far as
it was their contract, died with them. They had no natural power or
right to make it obligatory upon their children. It is not only
plainly impossible, in the nature of things, that they could bind
their posterity, but they did not even attempt to bind them. That is
to say, the instrument does not purport to be an agreement between any
body but “the people” then existing; nor does it, either expressly or
impliedly, assert any right, power, or disposition, on their part, to
bind anybody but themselves. Let us see. Its language is:
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