In March of this year, KCE had to sue Kenosha County. We wanted body-worn-video footage from the Sheriff’s Department of the embattled former politician Ted Kmiec. Kmiec was reporting to Kenosha County Deputies that I planted video cameras, and bugged his home. The Sheriff’s Department admitted verbally and in writing that it was possible a mental health issue.
Kenosha County has terrible lawyers called Joey Cardamone and Jenny Kopp. They don’t know the Wisconsin Public Records law, so they gave the Sheriff’s Department advice to deny me the footage. After I sued, Kopp admitted that she had no knowledge on this issue, and asked Kerkman to hire outside counsel. Samantha Kerkman authorized the County to hire a very expensive law firm. This would cause one to think – “If Kopp doesn’t know anything about public records, why would she give the Sheriff’s Department ANY advice?”
So I sued and Kerkman gave a blank check, so to speak, to a Waukesha-based law firm. Two seasoned attorneys and a paralegal worked feverently to block my access to the body-worn-camera footage of a politician – against little old me, a college dropout. The case settled out of court. I am not legally allowed to discuss the conditions of the settlement – but the confidential settlement document is a public record.
We asked Kerkman many times why she really didn’t want us to have the footage. She didn’t respond. I wanted to see just how much Kerkman spent of our money to help a friend – just $9 short of $10,000. Here is a copy of the bills to the county:Mathewson Kevin Request 23 10 12 Invoices 1