Criminal Justice

WI Prosecutor Accused of Abusing Power

Issued a subpoena that would have forced the recipient to violate state law


MADISON, Wis.  — Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf was so obsessed with going after the target of a secret John Doe investigation that he was willing to jail an innocent man.

That's what the attorney for a Rice Lake Harley-Davidson dealer contends three years after Christopher Brekken spent the better part of a day in jail for failing to comply with the investigation's court-ordered subpoena — a subpoena that would have forced Brekken to violate state law.