Kenosha County doesn’t want America’s judge, Bruce E. Schroeder to preside over our public records lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department. County Executive Samantha Kerkman authorized the high-priced, out-of-town law firm’s two attorneys to request a substitution of the Honorable Bruce E. Schroeder. They will get a new judge. Schroeder is the longest serving judge in the State of Wisconsin and he is universally known by lawyers as one of the most knowledgeable and fair judges. Believe it or not, there are judges that rule contrary to law to protect governments. Even during the Jensen trial, Judge Milisauskas made a comment that “If you want a fair trial, you want [Judge Schroeder.]”
The attorneys who asked for a new Judge, and Kerkman herself, know that Schroeder is fair and knows the law, but they are hoping for a new judge that is pro-government. This is a David and Goliath case here. KCE founder and Editor, Kevin Mathewson is a high-school graduate representing himself, and has to battle four attorneys. Still, they didn’t think the odds were in their favor, with the unprecedented redaction of a series of body-cam videos to protect a local attorney and politician, Ted Kmiec. They redacted every inch of the video and digitally manipulated Kmiec’s voice. This has never been seen by this author in this state, or any other state.
Kerkman campaigned on transparency, so it is confusing for some conservatives who supported her why she would spend such money to protect Kmiec. Also, she seemingly has very low confidence in the county’s attorneys. They are the ones that gave the Sheriff the advice to redact the video, why doesn’t she think they can defend the decision in court?
The Sheriff’s Department is slowly sending KCE more information about this public records request at the advice of the attorneys and are likely trying to utilize the disastrous Friend of Frame Park Supreme Court Decision to avoid having to pay our legal fees. The legislature is trying to fix this judicial activist decision.
Even still, no matter the judge, we will not give up and we will fight this to the end.