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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Our head-scratching criminal justice system


Timothy D. Russell is taken into custody Tuesday immediately after he was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing $21,000 from a veterans organization.


This week, former aide to then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, Tim Russell was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing $21,000 from a veterans organization, Operation Freedom, and taken into custody. Walker had appointed Russell to run the organization.

Russell deserved being punished. What he did was reprehensible.

The prosecution recommended the judge sentence Russell to two years. Russell got two years.

The judge in the case…



 


Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge Michael Hansher (Above photos: jsonline.com)

Follow along with me, please.

A few weeks ago, Hansher was the judge in the case of Brian Mularski, a
former lawyer from Bayside who stole more than $737,000 from his law firm.

$737,000.

Remember Tim Russell’s theft? $21,000. What did the prosecution recommend for Russell? Two years in prison and Hansher concurred.

The Journal Sentinel reported on the Mularski case earlier this month:

”Milwaukee County Circuit Judge David Hansher ignored a prosecutor's recommendation of two years' confinement and instead ordered Mularski, 37, to spend a year in local jail with generous work release privileges, as a condition of five years' probation. He also imposed and stayed a five-year prison sentence, which Mularski would face if he fails to meet conditions, or commits another crime.”

Mularski made a hefty restitution. That apparently was enough for Hansher to slap the wrist.

The Journal Sentinel further reported:

”Assistant District Attorney David Feiss agreed that Mularski brought positives to the sentencing, such as no prior criminal record, acceptance of responsibility, solid family relationships, membership in the Wisconsin National Guard and continued employment.

“But he said the scale of the theft, the more than 200 acts of deception over three years, and the abuse of his trust position demanded a prison term.”

Hansher didn’t see it that way.

Liberals argue that sentencing decisions like the one pertaining to Mularski make the system appear biased in favor of the white defendants with deep pockets. It's tough to dispute thier claim when Hansher makes an absurd, inconsistent ruling as he did in the Mularski case. 

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