KCE has confirmed that there are allegations that an employee of the Racine County District Attorney’s office has been accused of leaking confidential documents from the powerful office. Hanson is doing everything in her power to keep it under wraps.
We asked Hanson about this on July 25, 2023 and she ignored us. We followed up on July 31, 2023 with a public records request. She responded the same day, saying “I have not received a referral for charges for ****** *****, so I have no records “ As of this time, the former employee has not been charged with a crime and is presumed innocent. We followed up with Hanson and asked her why she is not charging the employee, who makes a little over $44,000 per year as a “Legal Support Clerk.”
“There is an investigation that is open and no referral has been made to my office. I have not had an opportunity to make a charging decision because no charges have been referred to me by law enforcement at this time.”
This statement infers that Hanson will not be recusing herself in this matter and could very-well allow her friend and subordinate to escape justice.
The employee started with the DA’s office in August of 2022 and was terminated on June 20, 2023. Before that, she worked as a court clerk for the Racine County Court.
KCE reached out to the Racine County Clerk of Courts. Her lips were sealed too. She wouldn’t tell us what was going on with the employee. She also said she had no warrants for the employee’s residence to release.
KCE reached out to the spokesman for the Wisconsin Court System, Tom Sheehan, and he indicated that the State Court System isn’t interested in the possibility that someone was selling or leaking confidential court documents. He has since resigned.
KCE reached out to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office to see if the investigation was theirs. Spokesman Lt. Michael Luell said that Racine Police was handling the investigation.
The Racine Police public information officer, Sgt. Kristi Wilcox, was angry at KCE because we called her Kristi, and not Sgt. Wilcox. She demanded “[we] refer to her from this point forward as Sergeant Wilcox” and demanded, by way of her LinkedIn, that we use her correct pronouns, oddly listed as she/her. She looks like a woman. She wouldn’t tell us anything about the case and it has been two months since we made a public records request.
We spoke to Racine’s Chief of Police and he was kind to us. He told us his department was not involved in the investigation.
Running out of options, KCE reached out to the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office on August 9, 2023, but Attorney General Josh Kaul will not comment on the pending investigation, if any exist.
We will be getting the employee’s personnel file soon and will write a follow-up story as soon as we get the documents. We were unable to reach the employee.
***Edited on 10/3/2023 @ 8:16pm. An earlier version of this post named the employee. KCE made the choice to remove her name. She wasn’t charged with a crime, and according to a source, she denied the allegations that were made by a criminal confidential informant looking to get a deal on a case***