Thursday, October 9, 2008
An attorney who had been convicted of misconduct in office while serving in the state senate was ordered reinstated to the practice of law by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The conviction was described as follows by the court:
The criminal charges alleged that between December 2000 and April 2002, Attorney Burke, while serving in public office as a senator, intentionally supervised and oversaw extensive work of state employees performing acts to further his campaign for attorney general, using resources of the State of
Wisconsin over which Attorney Burke had authority to control in his public office. Id.On October 5, 2005, pursuant to a plea agreement with the State, Attorney Burke entered a guilty plea to one count of misconduct in public office, a Class E felony, and one count of obstructing an officer, a Class A misdemeanor.
The court found that extensive character evidence supported the referee's favorable recommendation as to present fitness` to practice. (Mike Frisch)