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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Convicted sex offender Steve Hanke has 60 days to move out of his Franklin home as part of a series of rulings this morning by Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge John Franke.
Franke ruled in favor of the City of Franklin on all of the issues before the court in the city’s lawsuit against Hanke who moved into Franklin in June of 2007 in violation of the city’s restrictive ordinances prohibiting where sex offenders can live or congregate. Hanke purchased a home less than 600 feet from a middle school. Earlier this month, Judge Franke had ruled the ordinances constitutional.
Here are the decisions issued by Franke today:
1) Hanke’s presence in a restricted zone does constitute a nuisance.
2) There is cause for the issuance of an injunction for Hanke to move out of the designated restricted area. Franke believes the risk of recidivism is low in Hanke’s case, but substantial enough to warrant an injunction forcing Hanke to move.
3) Franklin’s ordinances impose fines ranging from $1 to $2500 per day for every day an offender is in violation. Franke imposed a fine $40 per day dating back to June 1, 2007 up until September 22, 2008. Hanke has 60 days to move out of the restricted area. That date would be September 22, 2008.
4) The judge stayed the imposition of fines until September 22, 2008, the latest date Hanke has to move out of the restricted area. If Hanke has not moved out by then, he will be fined $500 per day from September 22, 2008 and thereafter plus the $40 per day from June 1, 2007 to September 22, 2008 until he moves out.
If Hanke moves out in the next 60 days, he pays no fines. However, should he miss the September 22, deadline, then he must pay the $40/day fine dating back to June 1, 2007. That totals $19,200. Then he would also pay an additional $500/day for every day after September 22 that he doesn't move. For example, if Hanke moves on September 23, he would be fined $19,700.
These are major victories for not only the City of Franklin but for the entire state of Wisconsin, its families, their children and neighborhoods.
Congratulations go to Franklin City Attorney Jesse Wesolowski who prevailed on every single aspect of this case. Judge Franke, who is quite liberal and has made decisions in the past in favor of sex offenders, is also to be commended for his rulings.