Legislators Demand Evers Remove Chisholm

Republicans target Milwaukee DA, whose office set bail for accused killer Darrell Brooks.

By - Dec 7th, 2021 11:09 am
John Chisholm. Photo from Milwaukee County.

John Chisholm. Photo from Milwaukee County.

State legislators from Waukesha County are calling on Gov. Tony Evers to remove the Milwaukee County district attorney.

Nine state representatives and five state senators, all Republicans, signed a letter sent to the governor Monday.

The lawmakers allege District Attorney John Chisholm neglected his duty to his office.

“Chisholm has refuted to step down after a flood of calls for his resignation,” the letter reads. “Under his leadership, Chisholm has fulfilled his own prophecy — and innocent Wisconsinites have now paid and will continue to pay the price for his actions.”

Chisholm’s office was responsible for setting the bail for Darrell Brooks, the man accused of driving his SUV through the Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing six people and injuring dozens.

Brooks was arrested days before after allegedly punching a woman in the face and striking her with his car. Chisholm’s office set the bail recommendation for Brooks at $1,000.

Last week, Chisholm told the Milwaukee County Board there was no excuse for what happened and said it was human error that the bail was set “inappropriately low.”

Evers said last week he was working with Chisholm’s office to investigate what happened.

State legislators call on Evers to remove John Chisholm as Milwaukee County district attorney was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

2 thoughts on “Legislators Demand Evers Remove Chisholm”

  1. gerrybroderick says:

    If the Republicans answer to a sergeant’s screw-up is to fire the general, then why is it they stood by so silently when the costs of then Gov. Walker’s massive screw-up in foisting the Foxcom deal on the residents of Wisconsin, became clear?
    (or might this all be an attempt to distract from the ongoing Vos-Gableman Follies)?

    John Chisholm is an honest, honorable and effective administrator, who has accepted responsibility for a new hire’s poor decision making. Now perhaps is the time for the nine Republicans calling for his resignation to consider their role in preventing tragic and unnecessary deaths by getting behind efforts to curb gun violence through legislative remedy. Or is that asking too much of them?

  2. Keith Schmitz says:

    One other thing Gerry.

    Bet part of the problem is the lack of prosecutorial bandwidth due to underfunding of the DA offices in Milwaukee and around Wisconsin, which the state legislature could remedy.

    They should put the Uihlein’s money where their mouths are.

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