Friday, December 15th

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel(Photo: Andy Haas Schneider, Associated Press)

MADISON – State Attorney General Brad Schimel has recommended contempt proceedings for a prosecutor and eight other officials over the leak of material from a secret probe of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

In a 92-page report made public Wednesday, the Republican attorney general asked a judge to initiate contempt proceedings against special prosecutor Francis Schmitz and others who assisted him with his investigation of Walker's campaign. 

"The systemic and pervasive mishandling of John Doe evidence likely resulted in circumstances allowing the Guardian leak in the first place, and now prevents prosecutors from proving criminal liability beyond a reasonable doubt," the report says. 

Among those who Schimel wants to face contempt proceedings is Shane Falk, who worked on the probe as an attorney with the now-defunct state Government Accountability Board. Schimel said he believed Falk should also be referred tot he Office of Lawyer Regulation for potential professional sanctions.