Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Burke Gets Support from Priest, ADA Feiss

When former state Sen. Brian Burke enters the courtroom Wednesday to receive his sentence for one felony count of misconduct in office and one misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer, he'll be armed with a letter of support from Milwaukee County Assistant D.A. David Feiss.

Feiss' letter will be added to the 80-plus page volume of testimonials filed earlier by his defense attorneys as part of a lengthy sentencing recommendation. In his letter, Feiss tells Dane County Judge William Foust of Burke's cooperation with his office in the case against former Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala.

After Burke was added to the witness list, Feiss wrote, "Senator Burke on his own offered to and did meet with us voluntarily and was cooperative during our interview. This offer was not part of any plea agreement. In our view Senator Burke answered our questions in a truthful and forthright manner."

See the Feiss letter: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/large/051128burkefeiss.pdf

Burke also got a boost from his priest, Rev. Charles Schramm.

"While not seeking to excuse any wrong Brian may have done, I also know that he is a good human being, a caring husband and father, and a man who has a good sense of moral values," Schramm wrote.

See the letter from Schramm: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/large/051128burkerev.pdf

But not all the correspondence filed with the judge has been on Burke's side. One of Burke's former constituents, Deborah Kristl of Brookfield, filed a letter saying he "has not lived up to his obligation as a public servant. He has instead represented special interests in Madison ... I think punishment should be a jail sentence plus full restitution."

See the letter from Kristl: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/large/051128kristl.pdf

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