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Kenosha County Eye

Walworth DA: No Charges For Kenosha Rioter Who Intimidated Witness Minutes Before Trial

Joshua Ziminski (Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Police and prosecutors say Joshua Ziminski and his wife Kelly participated in, and filmed, themselves rioting during the Kenosha riots of 2020. Joshua lit a trailer on fire and shot a gun seconds before Kyle Rittenhouse would shoot and kill convicted pedophile Joseph Rosenbaum. In Kenosha, shooting guns near people is almost always charged as serious felonies. Even if Ziminski shot in the air as he says, it can still be deadly. On July 4, 2022 a teenage girl was shot in the foot while watching the fireworks by someone shooting a gun into the air in Kenosha. The old saying goes, “what goes up, must come down.” Kenosha DA Mike Graveley is a progressive, pro-BLM activist prosecutor so he only charged Ziminski with Disorderly conduct for the shooting. He also charged Ziminski with one count of arson. This charge only came after mounting public pressure.

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Joshua Ziminski (Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

On January 31, 2022 when Ziminski was posed to stand trial for his part in the August, 2020 rioting, Ziminski was captured on video and witnessed by three people yelling at a witness in his trial on the courthouse steps. With an upside down crucifix tattooed on his forehead and the word “SIN” on his head, it isn’t hard to imagine being yelled at by a man like Ziminski could be intimidating. Judge Bruce Schroeder was told about the incident and ordered deputies to take Ziminski into custody. He raised his bond by $13,000. ADA T. Clair Binger asked the Kenosha Sheriff to investigate and report their findings to him. The Sheriff’s department asked Graveley to charge Ziminski with Intimidation of a Witness via a “summons request.” Binger and Graveley took no action on the request for months.

Walworth County DA Zeke Wiedenfeld (R)

On April 20, 2022, KCE followed up with DA Graveley to ask if he had made a charging decision. He told the victim in the case that it was forwarded to the Walworth County DA, Zeke Wiedenfeld on February 22, 2022. KCE then asked the Circuit Court for a copy of the special prosecutor assignment. Circuit Court Clerk Becky Matoska told us there was no such document. DA Graveley then told us he “forgot” to send the case to Walworth in February and now did. We reached out to the Walworth DA on June 22, 2022 and he told us the case “was still under review”, even though the next day, he mailed out a letter with his decision. In DA Wiedenfeld’s letter, he CC’d the wrong police department, signalling he never read the materials he was provided. Again, it seems like Graveley had Zeke bury a case for him. Here are some other cases Wiedenfeld buried for Graveley:

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Extremist group blocking Public Safety building – Joe Cardinali, Justin Blake, and Jonathan Barker. Justin Blake is now getting ready to sue Kenosha County for $1,000,000.

Former Somers Municipal Court Clerk Francine (Fran) Dibble Allegations of Felony Forgery

Jacob Blake’s sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend

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In a document dated June 23, 2022 leaked to KCE, Walworth County DA Zeke Wiedenfeld wrote that “…it has been determined that criminal charges will not be brought [for Ziminski].” We asked Wiedenfeld why he was not issuing charges at the request of Graveley and he didn’t respond. Ziminski’s trial is tentatively scheduled for August 8, but it is uncertain. Judge Schroeder is on medical leave for an accident. At last night’s County Board Meeting, Supervisor Zach Rodriguez reported that he and County Board Chairman Gabe Nudo visited Schroeder and reported he is doing well, in good spirits, and eager to get back to work.

June 15, 2022 Traffic Stop Ziminski and Wife Busted For Driving With Kids Not Buckled In

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On June 15, 2022, Kelly was driving in Racine while a shirtless Joshua was riding shotgun. Their four kids were in the back seat and at least one had no seat-belt and at least one had no car seat. Kelly was allegedly driving 43 in a 30 zone. They were pulled over by a Racine County Deputy who seemed very calm and polite. The Ziminski’s escalated the traffic stop by shouting profanities and anti-police language. The Deputy asked for backup. The Ziminski’s talked themselves into four tickets, including one each for violation of child safety restraints. Kelly was also cited for suspended plates and excessive window tinting. See below body-cam of the stop.


  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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16 Responses

  1. WOW!!!! SMH! I hope they spread that same love to everyone equally!!!! Not make this a case of “the complexion for protection!”

  2. Come on man. Doesn’t former DA Bob Jambois work for the Walworth County District attorney? I bet he’s an “influencer?”

  3. Did Walworth DA ever explain why Ziminsky wasn’t charged? He should have.

    Sorry about Judge Schroeder.

  4. Why even have a DA in Kenosha ? All this guy does is farm out cases to Racine and Walworth counties . It seems there county boards would get tired of them using up time and resources on Kenosha business . It appears that Gravely, T Bag and lunch box want the county paycheck but not the responsibility of actually doing their jobs .

  5. Gravely is an example of what Soros’money does to a county. He should never have been put in that position. Two standards, one for the right and one for the left. Sounds like communism to me.

  6. Great work KCE! You are the only local media source that is trustworthy. I hope people are, like me, spreading the news. We need T-shirts, bumper stickers, etc!

  7. Graveley is biased and a disgrace, unwilling to do his job fairly. Mike Graveley needs to be removed from his position.

  8. The DA’s office needs its funding cut during the budget review and approval.
    Since Gravely will not charge or prosecute commie criminals, we taxpayers do not need to be funding his criminal prosecution department.
    Gravely is a complete disgrace and it is time to replace that clown ?!

  9. If the Walworth DA didn’t file a charge it can’t be dismissed, can it? But where is the transparency of explaining why it wasn’t filed? Wasn’t there a time when this was done? Why not now? Remember the White case from Racine where the guy shot at kids trying to break into a car and one of them was killed? Racine DA prosecuted White for the homicide but sent the cases involving the kids to Kenosha DA who did issue charges. I tried to post a link to the article but it wouldn’t work.

  10. Can you get the footage of the Ziminskis at the police station being asked about the arson and shooting the weapon in the air? Been curious about it.

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