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.
why would John's own lawyer throw his client under a bus? Money.
2, 1998: Tracy retains Steve Kohn to represent her regarding
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
lost the Republican primary for re-election in 2002, after it was
revealed that he participated in sexual hijinks in his office, during
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
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
never publicly disclosed what he did with the money.
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