- Rationale

Introduction

The purpose of this site is to track a series of criminal and ethics complaints against numerous individuals affiliated with the University of Wisconsin System. The law appears to provide for criminal remedies to misconduct on behalf of these individuals, and ethics rules appear to provide additional remedies for any unethical behavior on the part of attorneys.

These complaints are intended to bring accountability and integrity to a culture that clearly lacks both. Civil remedies usually result in settlements that include nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses, and these bring no accountability to the University - they are free to continue to act in exactly the same way as they did before the settlement.

The complaints found on this site have all been filed with law enforcement. In some ways they are tests of the system, and these complaints raise many questions. Do the statutes mean what they say? Are public employees required to follow the law? Will law enforcement actually enforce those laws on behalf of the people those laws are purported to protect?

And then there are the attorneys who provided counsel to all of these alleged offenders, and in some cases may have committed offenses themselves in their capacities as public employees. Will they be held accountable by law enforcement? Will the Office of Lawyer Regulation hold them accountable?

I think that the citizens of the State of Wisconsin deserve to know exactly where the lines are drawn, and by making all of this documentation available to the public, I hope that those lines will become bright and clear.

The documents, audio and commentary contained in this site are all a matter of public record.

- First Attempt (click a button to access the file)

Exhibit 604 - Feb 9, 2017 - UWW Police

Initial Complaint
Commentary:

While consulting with the Walworth County District Attorney's office, I was told that because that office had no internal investigators, I should report my complaint of open meetings violations and felony extortion to law enforcement in the jurisdiction, i.e. UW-Whitewater Police.

- Can administrators direct anyone to be excluded from open and public meetings of a governmental body of which they are a member, and does threatening their income and/or job in order to compel them not to exercise that legal right constitute felony extortion?

Exhibit 606 - Feb 9, 2017 - UWW Police

Exhibit 4 - Kopper's Directive
Commentary:

The first of three attachments to the complaint.

Exhibit 607 - Feb 9, 2017 - UWW Police

Exhibit 4a - Exchange between Henige and Mertens
Commentary:

The second of three attachments to the complaint.

Exhibit 608 - Feb 9, 2017 - UWW Police

Exhibit 4b - Exchange between Henige and Mertens
Commentary:

The third of three attachments to the complaint.

Exhibit 605 - Disposition

Failure to Investigate
Commentary:

As you can see from the documentation, Chief Matthew Kiederlen refused to have his office investigate these allegations. There was no response to my final email, first in the documentation. During later investigation by the Walworth County Sheriff's Office on behalf of the District Attorney, the investigator expressed his surprise that the UWW Police had refused to investigate.

- Does law enforcement have the discretion to refuse to investigate legitimate claims of criminal offenses?

- Contents - Criminal Complaints

Rationale
On the Legal Aspects of University Disciplinary Proceedings in Wisconsin

A brief study on the applicability of the statutes and case law

First Attempt - UWW Police
February 9, 2017 - February 16, 2017 (Closed)

Violations of open meeting law, felony extortion

Kopper et al - Walworth County District Attorney
September 28, 2017 - December 11, 2018 (Closed after 440 days)

Violations of open meeting law, felony extortion, felony misconduct in public office

Portman et al - Walworth County District Attorney
November 9, 2018 - present ( 289 days and counting... )

Violations of Faculty Personnel Rules, felony misconduct in public office

Kuhl and Stokes - Walworth County District Attorney
November 17, 2018 - present ( 281 days and counting... )

Violations of open records law, felony misconduct in public office

Klein et al - Dane County District Attorney
December 3, 2018 - present ( 265 days and counting... )

Violations of UWS 4, felony misconduct in public office

Lathrop - Dane County District Attorney
December 3, 2018 - present ( 265 days and counting... )

Falsificiation of public records, felony misconduct in public office

Lind - Dane County District Attorney
December 7, 2018 - present ( 261 days and counting... )

Falsificiation of public records, felony misconduct in public office

Kumpaty et al - Walworth County District Attorney
December 14, 2018 - present ( 254 days and counting... )

Violations of Faculty Personnel Rules, felony misconduct in public office

Olson et al - Walworth County District Attorney
December 15, 2018 - present ( 253 days and counting... )

Violations of UWS 4, felony misconduct in public office

Mertens - Walworth County District Attorney
December 15, 2018 - present ( 253 days and counting... )

Perjury, felony misconduct in public office

Various Complaints - Walworth County District Attorney
December 16, 2018 - present ( 252 days and counting... )

Various offenses, felony misconduct in public office

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Additional complaints will be added as they are filed, and existing complaints will be updated as they progress.