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Witness lawsuit tossed out by judge in Milwaukee Co. John Doe investigation


RICE LAKE, WI (WTAQ) - A judge in northwest Wisconsin has thrown out a lawsuit against a Milwaukee prosecutor in connection with the Walker John Doe probe.

Christopher Brekken, a Harley-Davidson dealer in Rice Lake, said he was essentially the victim of false imprisonment when prosecutor Bruce Landgraf subpoenaed him.

Landgraf was looking for records of credit card purchases from Brekken’s dealership. Brekken said he tried to produce those records but couldn’t.

The assistant DA then obtained a warrant to make the dealer drive almost 300 miles to Milwaukee and testify about his efforts. But Brekken objected, and said Landgraf had a vendetta against him because he hung up the phone when Landgraf first asked for the credit data.

The John Doe ended last week, after four ex-Milwaukee County aides to Governor Scott Walker were convicted along with two others.

Landgraf claimed he was not properly served with Brekken’s suit – but Barron County Judge Timothy Doyle said Landgraf had immunity anyway, because he was doing his job as a state prosecutor.

When Walker was the Milwaukee County executive, he took an annual Harley ride throughout Wisconsin to promote his home county’s attractions.