AFP Supports John Doe Reform Vote
Reforming Wisconsin's John Doe Laws Critical To Protecting Free Speech
MADISON — Today, Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin State Director Eric Bott released the following statement in response to an announcement that the full legislature will vote on John Doe reform legislation in October:
“Free speech is the foundation of a free society. It’s unbelievable to think that law abiding citizens would have their homes raided, families terrorized and businesses ruined simply because of their political beliefs.”
“We applaud Senator Fitzgerald and Speaker Vos for committing to hold votes on John Doe reform legislation in October and look forward to the swift passage of this important legislation by both chamber. We also thank Representative Craig and Senator Tiffany for fighting to make sure the abuses we’ve witnessed never happen again.”
Wisconsin’s “John Doe laws” give judges, prosecutors and law enforcement the ability to both subpoena witnesses and legally prevent them discussing the investigation publicly. According to multiple news reports, John Doe law have been used for the past several years by government officials to target conservative activists across Wisconsin, which led to many individuals having their homes raided, families traumatized and businesses ruined just because they stood up for their political beliefs.
The State Supreme Court halted the John Doe process earlier this year stating that the Doe was, “unsupported in either reason or law,” and that it had been used by prosecutors to, “investigate citizens who were wholly innocent of any wrongdoing.” A federal appellate court previously ruled that the gag orders placed on Doe targets were, “screamingly unconstitutional.”
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org