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Francis D. Schmitz

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Background Information

Employment History

U.S. Attorney's Office


Special Prosecutor

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Assistant U.S. Attorney

Eastern District


Adjunct Professor

Marquette University


Affiliations

Department of Justice

National Crisis Management Coordinator and A Member of Counterterrorism Section


National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Advisory Board Member


Education

Marquette University Law School


J.D.


degrees

Marquette University


degrees

St. Norbert's College , De Pere


Web References(102 Total References)


Who's paying the bill? Report casts questions on GAB and John Doe payments - Watchdog.org

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The documents certainly indicate the agency that was supposed to pay John Doe special prosecutor Francis Schmitz did not.
Schmitz, according to court documents, was under contract with the GAB. Nickel and Schmitz have been intricately involved in the politically charged John Doe investigation that has included what sources have described as "predawn, paramilitary-style raids" on the homes of conservative targets. In fiscal year 2013-14, when Schmitz's services on the John Doe were required, the five counties involved in the probe who requested the court appointment of Schmitz, either listed no charges for special prosecutors or posted charges not related to the John Doe investigation involving Schmitz. Kluka did just that, appointing Schmitz at a rate of $130 an hour, significantly higher than the standard $40 an hour rate for special prosecutor time spent outside the court, as outlined under state policy. The appointment order, signed by Kluka and Schmitz on Aug. 23, 2013, requires Schmitz to be paid by the DOA. So if the DOA hasn't paid Schmitz, who has? Tiffany says it appears that GAB has cut the checks from its taxpayer-funded budget, based on Schmitz's courtroom admissions that he was a contracted employee of the agency. The GAB has "made no payments to Francis Schmitz for prosecutorial services," said agency spokesman Reid Magney. Because agency officials have been known to parse their words when asked about their involvement in the investigation, Wisconsin Reporter expanded the question in a followup: Has GAB made payments to Francis Schmitz for any other services? Nobody seems to want to answer the direct question: Who is paying Francis Schmitz? "I'm asking Fran Schmitz, let's end all of this conjecture," the senator said. "Why doesn't he just tell us who is writing the checks to him and who's paying his fees?" Schmitz has yet to answer. He could not be reached for comment Monday. The phone number once listed for his Waukesha law firm is no longer in service. Tiffany said it appears Kluka's order that the Department of Administration compensate Schmitz has been contravened.


Attorney general's office remains silent on John Doe leak probe - Watchdog.org

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The records include handwritten notes on the motion of an unnamed movant (one of dozens of conservatives targeted in the probe), as well as an unsigned draft of an affidavit from John Doe special prosecutor Francis Schmitz.
In November, Schmitz signed an affidavit concerning John Doe II evidence, noting that he had complied with a Supreme Court order demanding that he return documents and other items seized from John Doe targets and turn over evidentiary materials to the Supreme Court. "To the best of my knowledge, I have received statements from all who have direct access to evidentiary materials as part of the prosecution team," Schmitz wrote in the Nov. 2 affidavit. The now-defunct state Government Accountability Board (predecessor of the Ethics Commission), which assisted Milwaukee County prosecutors and Schmitz in the politically driven probe, should not have John Doe documents in its possession. Edward Greim, attorney for some of the conservatives targeted in the probe, said that either Schmitz never obtained statements from everyone at the GAB who had access to the Doe documents, or "one or more staff failed to disclose that they had the documents. Schmitz, as a special prosecutor with an office at the GAB, should have known everyone with access to John Doe materials and where those materials were, Greim said. Schmitz did not return a request for comment.


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Falk, court documents show, in an email excoriated John Doe special prosecutor Francis Schmitz in a June 26, 2014, for telling Schmitz's attorney, Randall Crocker, to issue a statement saying Gov.
“You just lied to the press,� Falk scolded Schmitz in the email, obtained by Wisconsin Watchdog. “See attached ‘target’ sheets from our search warrant and subpoena meeting. I see ‘SW’ right up near the top on page 1. Falk wasn’t merely upset with Schmitz, the GAB investigator whom the agency handpicked to lead the John Doe. He also took aim at Jonathan Becker, head of the GAB’s Ethics Division. You know Fran (Schmitz) whined about me early on. In the weeks after John Doe prosecutors led coordinated, predawn armed raids on the homes and offices of several conservatives in October 2013, Schmitz began “really questioning the validity� of the investigation, according to communication from Falk.


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In a dismissive-sounding filing late Friday, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa partially grants and partially denies a request by John Doe special prosecutor Francis Schmitz to clarify the federal court’s order halting a nearly three-year John Doe probe.
Scott Walker’s campaign, had been “negotiatingâ€� with Schmitz to settle the investigation, Schmitz stepped back and asked Randa for clarification. Violating the federal judge’s order could land Schmitz in contempt of court. Schmitz then asked the court to clarify whether operative language in the injunction â€" that the defendants “must cease all activities related to the investigationâ€� â€" may be construed to enjoin the special prosecutor from “all activities related to ongoing state court proceedingsâ€� that arise from John Doe lawsuits (and there are several) in which Schmitz is a named party. Secondly, Schmitz asked if the injunction covers discussions with attorneys for individuals and organizations that were subjects of the John Doe investigation and that are parties in the state-court proceeding. In a filing Thursday, O’Keefe’s attorney said Schmitz has refused to do so. In his order issued Friday, Randa demands that Schmitz must “provide all targets and subpoenaed parties with a copy of the Court’s injunction.â€� Schmitz had repeatedly declined to comment on all matters related to the John Doe probe. Others â€" Chisholm, his assistant DAs, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz and former John Doe presiding Judge Barbara Kluka â€" are responsible for the investigation, Nickel’s legal team argued in a long explanation filed in March in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Division. The GAB has appointed at least two special investigators, including Nickel and Schmitz, and issued more than 30 subpoenas throughout Wisconsin and across the country to conservative-leaning groups, Internet service providers, and financial institutions, according to the lawsuit. The GAB had appointed Schmitz as a special investigator before Kluka appointed Schmitz as special prosecutor of the five-county probe in August 2013, a point not previously reported, according to the lawsuit. “Furthermore, on information and belief, the GAB continues to employ Mr. Schmitz as a special investigator for the GAB, providing him an office and paying him to pursue John Doe II on behalf of the GAB,â€� the lawsuit asserts. In 2014 alone, the GAB has spent at least $55,000 in connection with the John Doe II investigation, including paying both Dean Nickel and Schmitz as special investigators, according to the complaint.


John Doe targets sue Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board - Watchdog.org

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Others - Chisholm, his assistant DAs, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz and former John Doe presiding Judge Barbara Kluka - are responsible for the investigation, Nickel's legal team argued in a long explanation filed in March in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Division.
The GAB had appointed Schmitz as a special investigator before Kluka appointed Schmitz as special prosecutor of the five-county probe in August 2013, a point not previously reported, according to the lawsuit. The GAB had appointed Schmitz as a special investigator before Kluka appointed Schmitz as special prosecutor of the five-county probe in August 2013, a point not previously reported, according to the lawsuit. "Furthermore, on information and belief, the GAB continues to employ Mr. Schmitz as a special investigator for the GAB, providing him an office and paying him to pursue John Doe II on behalf of the GAB," the lawsuit asserts.


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