- 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.

- Portman (click a button to access the file)

Exhibit 657 - Oct 23, 2018 - Inquiries

Misconduct in Public Office
Commentary:

Having come across Wis. Stats. 946.12 regarding misconduct in public office, it seemed that they certainly applied to my circumstances and to the conduct of the University and its agents.

- Do disciplinary hearing panels and their counsel have a "mandatory, nondiscretionary, ministerial duty" to comply with their own rules for conducting such hearings?

Exhibit 658 - Nov 5, 2018 - Inquiries

Misconduct in Public Office

Exhibit 659 - Nov 5, 2018 - Inquiries

Misconduct in Public Office
Commentary:

The initial assessment of the DA appears to be skepticism about the applicability of the misconduct in public office statutes.

Exhibit 660 - Nov 5, 2018 - Inquiries

Response to Skepticism
Commentary:

I felt the need to make my case.

Exhibit 661 - Nov 9, 2018 - Complaint

Cover to the Complaint

Exhibit 662 - Nov 9, 2018 - Complaint

Formal Criminal Complaint
Commentary:

The formal complaint was filed with the District Attorney of Walworth County.

- Are the Faculty Personnel Rules enforceable as statutes, as both the statutes and case law indicate? Can individuals who deliberately violate the Faculty Personnel Rules then be charged with misconduct in public office?

Exhibit 663 - Nov 9, 2018 - Complaint

Exhibits Attached to Complaint (Part 1)

Exhibit 664 - Nov 9, 2018 - Complaint

Exhibits Attached to Complaint (Part 2)

Exhibit 701 - Jan 4, 2019 - Update

Complaint Sent to District Attorney
Commentary:

I was informed by Detective Schiltz that my complaint had been sent to the district attorney a day earlier.

- Detective Schiltz never once spoke to me, the victim, about this complaint.

- 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.