A former aide to Governor Scott Walker is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out her conviction on misconduct-in-office charges.
Kelly Rindfleisch was convicted in 2012 of doing political work for Republicans from her taxpayer-funded job with Milwaukee County, where she worked as the deputy chief of staff to Walker when he served as the county executive. An appeal of the conviction in state court was rejected last fall. The State Supreme Court declined to hear the case in March of this year and she started serving a six-month jail term in April.
In a filing for the U.S. Supreme Court challenge, attorneys for Kelly Rindfleisch argue that a warrant used to seize her e-mail messages was so broad it was unconstitutional. A similar argument was used in the state cases.
Rindfleisch was one of six people charged under a John Doe investigation into the Milwaukee county executive’s office under Walker. The governor was never charged with any wrongdoing.