At the same time Joe Paulus and the DCI investigators were building a timeline to support their theory that John had a window of opportunity in which he could have killed Sandy and set fire to her house, another timeline was building in the background.  It was a simple and deeply disturbing timeline that no judge or jury would review. It supports a reasonable and legitimate inference that the special prosecutor, Tracy’s attorney and John’s attorney conspired to frame John Maloney for Sandy’s death.
  • May 2, 1998:  Tracy retains Steve Kohn to represent her regarding Sandy’s death.
  • May 8, 1998:  At Tracy’s insistence and on her lawyer’s recommendation, John phones Gerald Boyle, Kohn's former boss, and retains Boyle to represent him regarding Sandy’s death.
  • May 16, 1998:  John, along with Tracy, meets in person with his lawyer and pays a retainer.  Tracy’s behavior is bizarre.  Boyle says Tracy is the one person John can trust.
  • June 2, 1998:  Paulus and Kohn have sketched out a “use immunity” agreement in exchange for Tracy’s “cooperation”; Paulus gives S/A Skorlinski a list of Tracy’s records to be turned over by the IRS.
  • June 8, 1998:  Tracy’s “use immunity” agreement is formalized, and she agrees to participate in one party “surveillance” taping to elicit a confession from John.
And why would John's own lawyer throw his client under a bus?  Money.
  • In 1997, Gerald Boyle borrowed $400,000 at high interest from a venture capitalist to finance a high profile case that he won at trial but lost on appeal.  By 1998, paying off the loan had become a huge problem.  Boyle later testified that, during this time, he was "desperate for money."
  • Joe Paulus, already a Republican golden boy for his extreme conservative views, believed that getting the state's first conviction of a police officer for first degree murder would enhance his chance for appointment as U.S. Attorney.
  • From 1998 through 2000--roughly the same time period that Gerald Boyle represented John--Joe Paulus took bribes to fix criminal cases prosecuted by his office.  The bribes totaled $50,000. 
  • Paulus lost the Republican primary for re-election in 2002, after it was revealed that he participated in sexual hijinks in his office, during office hours.
  • When Paulus couldn't find another job, Gerald Boyle took him in as a partner, renaming the practice "Boyle, Boyle and Paulus," and specifically telling the Maloney family, at a press conference, "Go to hell."
In 2004, Joe Paulus was charged in federal court with taking bribes to fix cases and evading taxes.  He was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.  The State of Wisconsin conducted its own investigation, gave Paulus immunity from prosecution in exchange for "honest answers" to its questions and limited his jail exposure to 18 months, which he served in the federal system. 

The Maloney case is one of 22 cases identified by local prosecutors as potential wrongful convictions.  The record of the state's investigation is sealed, and no action has been taken in those 22 cases. 
Paulus never publicly disclosed what he did with the money.


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"Full Circle presents a compelling case of former police officer John Maloney's innocence in the death of his troubled estranged wife. It is also a shocking indictment of the Wisconsin court system that the evidence the authors expose in great detail has never been fully and fairly considered."

-Martin Yant, publisher, editor, investigator and author of Presumed Guilty



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