Thursday in Whitewater will be partly sunny with a high of 80. Sunrise is 6:05 AM and sunset 7:51 PM for 13h 46m 02s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 56.6% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s Community Development Authority meets at 5:30 PM.
On this day in 1868, French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium.
As one might have suspected, a detailed judicial view now confirms: Special Counsel Michael Gableman’s so-called election investigation was a million-dollar farce. Lawrence Andrea reports that Gableman ‘Accomplished nothing’: Judge admonishes Michael Gableman’s 2020 election review, bars lawyers from case:
For many months, former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman’s taxpayer-funded review of the 2020 presidential election that has not produced any evidence of substantive voter fraud “accomplished nothing,” according to a Dane County judge.
Gableman didn’t keep weekly progress reports as required by the Wisconsin State Assembly.
He conducted no witness interviews.
And he gathered “no measurable data” over at least a four-month span in 2021, the judge found.
“Instead, it gave its employees code names like ‘coms’ or ‘3,’ apparently for the sole purpose of emailing back and forth about news articles and drafts of speeches,” Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington wrote in an opinion released Wednesday.
“It printed copies of reports that better investigators had already written,” Remington added, “although there is no evidence any person connected with (the Office of the Special Counsel) ever read these reports, let alone critically analyzed their factual and legal bases to draw his or her own principled conclusions.”
In the ruling, Remington admonished the Office of Special Counsel’s five out-of-state attorneys, including prominent conservative attorney James Bopp, for their “baseless” claims against him and revoked their ability to represent the Assembly’s office in the case.
“Its lawyers’ arguments are wholly without merit and, together, their disobedience for the rule of law is contemptuous,” Remington wrote of the attorneys.
“If this case were not on appeal,” he added, “I could sanction OSC and each of its seven lawyers for their specious legal arguments.”
A copy of the Supplement to the Court’s July 18, 2022 Decision Denying OSC’s Motion to Recuse appears below.