same time Joe Paulus and the DCI investigators were building a
timeline to support their theory that John had a window of
in which he could have killed Sandy and set fire to her house,
timeline was building in the background. It was a simple
deeply disturbing timeline that no judge or jury would review.
supports a reasonable and legitimate inference that the
prosecutor, Tracy’s attorney and John’s attorney conspired to
John Maloney for Sandy’s death.
would John's own lawyer throw his client under a bus?
1998: Tracy retains Steve Kohn to represent her
1998: At Tracy’s insistence and on her lawyer’s
recommendation, John phones Gerald Boyle, Kohn's former
retains Boyle to represent
him regarding Sandy’s death.
1998: John, along with Tracy, meets in person with
and pays a retainer. Tracy’s behavior is
says Tracy is the one person John can trust.
1998: Paulus and Kohn have sketched out a “use
agreement in exchange for Tracy’s “cooperation”; Paulus
Skorlinski a list of Tracy’s records to be turned over by
1998: Tracy’s “use immunity” agreement is
formalized, and she
agrees to participate in one party “surveillance” taping
to elicit a
confession from John.
Joe Paulus was charged in federal court with taking bribes to
cases and evading taxes. He was sentenced to 5 1/2 years
prison. The State of Wisconsin conducted its own
gave Paulus immunity from prosecution in exchange for "honest
to its questions and limited his jail exposure to 18 months,
served in the federal system.
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
1998, paying off the loan had become a huge
problem. Boyle later
testified that, during this time, he was "desperate for
Paulus, already a
Republican golden boy for his extreme conservative
views, believed that
getting the state's first conviction of a police officer
degree murder would enhance his chance for appointment
as U.S. Attorney.
through 2000--roughly the same time period that Gerald
represented John--Joe Paulus took bribes to fix criminal
prosecuted by his office. The bribes totaled
the Republican primary for re-election in 2002, after it
revealed that he participated in sexual hijinks in his
couldn't find another job, Gerald Boyle took him in as a
partner, renaming the practice "Boyle, Boyle and Paulus,"
specifically telling the Maloney family, at a press
conference, "Go to
The Maloney case is one of 22 cases identified by local
potential wrongful convictions. The record of the
investigation is sealed, and no action has been taken in those
publicly disclosed what he did with the money.
Maloney needs a lawyer, but his family's finances have been
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website gives an overview. For details on how this
happened, who is served by keeping John in prison, and what
can be done to right this wrong, read Full Circle,
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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."
publisher, editor, investigator and author of Presumed