Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Burke Attorneys Object to Dresang Testimony

Former Sen. Brian Burke's defense attorneys filed a motion Monday to object to the anticipated testimony of University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Dennis Dresang, who has been listed by the prosecution as a witness.

Burke lawyer Jeremy Levinson argued that Dresang's anticipated testimony -- saying that using state employees to conduct campaigns on state time is wrong -- would be "entirely unnecessary," and that the prof's testimony would amount to "political opinion and argument."

See the filing: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/large/051128dresang.pdf

In its sentencing recommendation, the prosecution said Dresang would testify that "(u)se of state resources to operate private campaign committees severely disadvantages competing candidates and discourages other potentially qualified candidates from even running for public office. ... the ability to collect 'early' campaign money on a large scale using state resources can essentially dictate victory for officer [sic] holders who violate the law in this way."

See pages 8-9 of the sentencing recommendation for more on Dresang: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/large/051128DArec.pdf

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