Monday, February 7, 2011

Part 17A: Enough is Enough!

            On August 3, 2008, Investigative Consultant Ira Robins hand delivered a letter (Exhibit 17-A-1) to Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen citing specific criminal acts committed by Department of Justice personnel.  That letter notified Van Hollen of three separate, long running cases, including Laurie Bembenek, John Maloney, and former Winnebago County District Attorney Joe Paulus, where state officials had committed acts of Misconduct in Public Office by gaining a dishonest advantage over another (Exhibit 17-A-2).  Robins notified Van Hollen that his subordinates had placed a false document in a State Crime Laboratory homicide file, temporarily changed State protocols to obtain false expert testimony, and diminished the credibility of the State Crime Laboratory.  Robins attached the necessary proof to his letter.  Robins also advised Van Hollen of some other additional crimes and ethical violations he had uncovered in Bembenek’s case, the John Maloney case, and in the Former Winnebago County District Attorney Joe Paulus case.  Robins provided all of the proof and information necessary to show that Department of Justice officials conspired to deliberately interfere with the administration of justice, deliberately withheld evidence from defendants that they were required by law to disclose, and covered up additional crimes of Mr. Paulus.  Robins told Van Hollen  “If you are interested in rooting out the corruption that has become entrenched in the WDOJ and, to the degree possible, righting the wrongs perpetrated in the name of justice, I ask that you have a member of your staff that you trust implicitly contact me.”

            On August 11, 2008, Robins received a response (Exhibit 17-A-3) to his August 3, 2008 letter from Gregory Weber, Director of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Criminal Appeals Unit, stating, in part “Attorney General Van Hollen has asked me to respond to your August 3, 2008 letter.”  In Weber’s letter, he made demeaning statements about Robins, refused to respond to the specific allegations, and attempted to put the blame for the criminal conduct of the Department of Justice on others.  He sent copies of his letter, which obviously attempted to cover-up the truth and stop Robins’ efforts to seek justice, to Van Hollen, and other DOJ Administrators, Keven C. Potter, Gary Hamlin, and Michael G. Myscewski.  His “business as usual” letter clearly shows the willingness of the Department of Justice to commit crimes and ethical violation in order to cover-up the truth and the willingness of the Attorney General to cover-up those crimes and ethical violations.  That conduct must not be condoned or tolerated by anyone.

Exhibit 17-A-1
Exhibit 17-A-2

Whether by act of commission or omission, in the officer’s or employee’s capacity as such officer or employee exercises a discretionary power in a manner inconsistent with the duties of the officer’s or employee’s office or employment or the rights of others with the intent to obtain a dishonest advantage for the officer or employee or another;….  Class I Felony  946.12 (3)

 Exhibit 17-A-3



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