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    Wisconsin “John Doe” Whistleblower Michael Lutz dead, apparent suicide

    Wisconsin “John Doe” Whistleblower Michael Lutz dead, apparent suicide

    Had accused “John Doe” Prosecutor John Chisholm of political motives.

    We previously have featured the story of Michael Lutz, the Wisconsin whistleblower and former prosecutor who alleged that the union-operative wife of “John Doe” prosecutor John Chislhom was behind the targeting of conservative activists that recently was thrown out by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

    Was Prosecutor’s union-operative wife behind “John Doe” investigation of Scott Walker? (quote via Stuart Taylor):

    Now a longtime Chisholm subordinate reveals for the first time in this article that the district attorney may have had personal motivations for his investigation. Chisholm told him and others that Chisholm’s wife, Colleen, a teacher’s union shop steward at St. Francis high school, a public school near Milwaukee, had been repeatedly moved to tears by Walker’s anti-union policies in 2011, according to the former staff prosecutor in Chisholm’s office. Chisholm said in the presence of the former prosecutor that his wife “frequently cried when discussing the topic of the union disbanding and the effect it would have on the people involved … She took it personally.”

    Citing fear of retaliation, the former prosecutor declined to be identified and has not previously talked to reporters.

    Chisholm added, according to that prosecutor, that “he felt that it was his personal duty to stop Walker from treating people like this.”

    Lutz stuck to his story even after furious pushback, as reflected in this interview with Charlie Sykes:

    Lutz also appeared on Fox News to tell his story:

    Now Lutz is dead, of what police are terming an apparent suicide (via Instapundit via Althouse). The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, a harsh critic of Lutz, reports:

    Former aldermanic candidate Michael Lutz died early Sunday morning of an apparent suicide, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

    Lutz, 44, a former Milwaukee police officer, suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound “while in the presence of Menomonee Falls tactical officers after a brief tactical situation,” the medical examiner’s office said in a release issued Sunday.

    Lutz was pronounced dead in the 12300 block of W. Mill Road in Milwaukee at 4:05 a.m., the release said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

    Menomonee Falls police are investigating the incident.

    Lutz finished fourth in Tuesday’s primary in the 11th Aldermanic District to fill the Common Council seat left vacant by the death of Joe Dudzik. He received 426 votes out of 4,155 ballots cast.

    He retired from the Milwaukee Police Department after 17 years, initially receiving taxpayer-funded duty disability pay for post-traumatic stress disorder. His pay was later converted to a regular retirement.

    In 2005, Lutz was shot in the arm after he and his partner chased a suspected drug dealer into a house on the city’s near south side. He never returned to active duty.

    Lutz later became a criminal defense attorney and was the anonymous source for a series of stories last year critical of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

    The circumstances are not clear at this moment, as there apparently was a police tactical unit on the scene:

    The Medical Examiner’s Office says Lutz died as a result of one apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound while in the presence of Menomonee Falls tactical officers — after a brief tactical situation.

    We will update as more details become known.

    UPDATE 8:50 p.m. Eastern: M.D. Kittle of Wisconsin Watchdog, who was the authority on the John Doe cases, has more details, A tragic end for a John Doe whistleblower:

    Menomonee Falls Assistant Police Chief Mark Waters said his department’s tactical unit responded to reports of a suicidal man in the 12300 block of W. Mill Road in Milwaukee County. The incident had begun in Menomonee Falls.

    “We tried everything we could do to prevent it, but he eventually committed suicide in our presence,” Waters told Wisconsin Watchdog.

    Lutz was pronounced dead at 4:05 a.m. Sunday.

    The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office was expected to release an autopsy report Monday.

    Waters said the police department would not make additional comments or issue a press release on a suicide.

    Sources close to the situation told Wisconsin Watchdog that Lutz argued earlier in the day with his ex-wife, Lori, who resides in Menomonee Falls, and had threatened to hurt her boyfriend.

    Police had Lutz’s vehicle information and stopped him, sources said. One of the officers responding thought he heard the racking of a firearm as he approached Lutz’s vehicle. They backed off and called in the tactical team.

    Sources said Lutz never threatened officers but did not comply with orders. He eventually got out of the vehicle, placed a Glock handgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.


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    Midwest Rhino | July 27, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    Sad … so he threatened his ex wife’s boyfriend, allegedly, right before this. Hard to tell how the John Doe attacks made his life stressful for years.

    Richard Aubrey | July 28, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Rags: Couple of points. To imply that, because such a thing has never been proven–not that it never happened but that we don’t know for sure that it has–does not forbid presuming it may have, or may in the future.
    Given the Amero case, it stands to reason that, although Chisholm may not have planted porn, it is entirely reasonable to think somebody like him would, if given the opportunity. This is the point.
    To insist that imagining that which Rags doesn’t like means tin-foil hat territory is one thing. The real dance is what happens after….it happens. Then it’s….hey, look, a squirrel.

      Ragspierre in reply to Richard Aubrey. | July 28, 2015 at 10:19 am

      When you wake up fully, read what you just wrote. It’s actually quite funny.

      What does child porn have to do with this case? Not one damn thing.

      Really, it appears as a non-sequitur in the thread, and could easily have been a moby troll operation.

        Phillep Harding in reply to Ragspierre. | July 29, 2015 at 2:17 am

        I think both sides of the “what’s on the computer” question are over reaching.

        Do we know if anything is on Lutz’s computer? Not that I’ve read.

        Could something be planted on someone’s computer? Sure. That’s how zombie nets are formed. A coworker found that local gamers were using his computer as a game server. Common knowledge that third party computers are sometimes used as porn servers so dealers and perverts do not have illegal stuff in their own possession. Dig into computer security.

        Past my bed time. Night.

    Richard Aubrey | July 28, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Rags. Missed the point.
    First question: What might have made Lutz consider offing himself?
    Answer. Possibly damning stuff showing up on his computer.
    Why kiddy porn? Because the cops never find anybody bragging about defrauding his ailing grandmother or cleaning out the petty cash account.
    Cops sometimes provide, one way or another, necessary evidence. Why not this time?
    Chisholm, being a Class One fascist hack, can certainly be imagined to have done such a thing.
    Which is the point, kiddy porn being the generic for damning evidence planted.
    The Amero case is hauled in to show how much fun a normal prosecutor can have with a porn case, despite not having any evidence. Chisholm is worse.
    But, to repeat, the point was speculation on what might have made Lutz suicidal and planted kiddy porn was the metaphor for something underhanded from Chisholm.

      Ragspierre in reply to Richard Aubrey. | July 28, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      First question: What might have made Lutz consider offing himself?
      Answer. Possibly damning stuff showing up on his computer.

      So, you insist on wallowing in fantasy.

      Why? I mean, you’ve so inexplicably abandoned Occam when you have actual FACTS on which you can answer you own question.

      Is child porn planting POSSIBLE…???

      Well, yeah. Just like me shooting political opponents in the head is POSSIBLE (see above). I never said, hinted, or suggested otherwise.

      What I HAVE said is there is NO evidence of it here, or anywhere in the fossil record.

      And I won’t let fantastic BULLSHIT urban myth to go unanswered, because it is stultifying.

    Richard Aubrey | July 29, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Rags: You know the difference between speculation and proof. This is a matter of speculation. We know two things: Chisholm is a fascist hack. Kiddy porn could be planted. Or some other damning evidence, kiddy porn being the generic.

    The way it works is… “snork, tin-foil hat territory. prove it. never happened.”
    Then, after it happened. “Sure it happened. Big deal. What’s the issue here, anyway. You some kind of nutcase?”
    We get it. We know the dance.

      Ragspierre in reply to Richard Aubrey. | July 29, 2015 at 9:31 am

      No, dear. Here’s how it works.

      We have to be destroyers. Clean, sharp, fighting things.

      Every time we let “kiddie porn”, “they just get millions in damages”, “every politician is a crook” urban myth propagate, it’s like letting barnacles foul your hull. It’s self-defeating, enervating bullshit.

      “We” can embrace that. I won’t.

    dogman31 | July 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    I knew Mike and I know his sister. There is no conspiracy here so please stop starting rumors. Please respect their family during this troubled time. Mike was suffering a lot recently plus he was diagnosed with PTSD in regards to a previous incident while on duty. The article is 100% accurate with what happened. This was the case of a man who was sick, in need of help and didn’t know how to ask for it, and family and friends were oblivious to how severe the situation was. It happens too much in the world and we don’t need jerks using the anonymity of the internet to spread falsities.

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