Dane County DA: Walker Prank Call ‘Alarming,’ But Not Criminal

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Dane County, Wisc., District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says he found nothing criminal in the conversation Gov. Scott Walker (R) had a with a prank caller posing as David Koch last week, according to WisPolitics. Nevertheless, Ozanne told reporters on Tuesday that he found some of Walker’s comments “very concerning and sometimes quite alarming.”Ozanne singled out a comment Walker made that he’d “thought about” planting troublemakers in the crowd. Although the DA said there was no evidence a law was broken, he said the comment “speaks directly to character.”

The DA said he’d also looked into the state Senate Democrats’ walkout, after inquiries from citizens, and found nothing illegal there, either.

“They are working within the rule of the house to make their voices heard,” he said. “Because that frustrates the majority is not a crime.”

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Ozanne was appointed last year by Walker’s Democratic predecessor, Gov. Jim Doyle.

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