Responding to claims they had leaked information on the John Doe investigation involving some of Gov. Scott Walker's aides, Milwaukee County prosecutors say two disclosures came from attorneys for one of the defendants.
Michael Maistelman, a lawyer for defendant Timothy Russell, sent an email to radio talk show host Charlie Sykes on Jan. 22, tipping off Sykes to the likelihood that two other former Walker aides would be charged that week. Those aides, Darlene Wink and Kelly Rindfleisch, were charged four days later.
Russell held jobs as Walker's deputy chief of staff and housing director while Walker was Milwaukee County executive. Wink was Walker's constituent services aide and Rindfleisch was a policy adviser and later a deputy chief of staff at the county.
Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf says in a filing in the Russell case that it was remarkable Russell's lawyers had complained of a "not-so-secret" John Doe investigation when they disclosed information themselves.