MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice has no open investigations into death threats against Gov. Scott Walker, the agency said Monday after Walker's office released more than 100 pages of emails and other documents showing perceived threats made against him over the past two years.
Walker's office released 116 pages of documents Friday following an open records request from The Associated Press.
Anything perceived by Walker's staff to be a threat was saved and referred to law enforcement, said Walker's assistant legal counsel, Teri Hatchell, in a letter accompanying the records. Hatchell said the records were released after consulting with law enforcement to ensure doing so would not jeopardize any investigations.
Department of Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck said the agency has no open investigations.
Walker's spokesman declined comment.
Most of the threats in the documents provided to AP come from shortly after Walker took office in 2011, when the Republican governor's proposal to effectively end collective bargaining rights for most public workers resulted in massive protests that lasted weeks. The most recent email was from February 2012.
The threats came in the form of emails, letters and tips from Walker backers pointing to postings on websites such as Facebook and Twitter.
The records include about 65 different messages, including at least 25 from the same person. That person's emails included insults to Walker, such as one sent on June 28, 2011, where he called the governor a "scumbag blood sucking parasite." The author also frequently left his telephone number, encouraging Walker to call him, and claimed to have met him following an event near Portage where they shook hands.
The author also claimed to have received a call from police asking him to stop sending messages to Walker.
"Your Gestapo (Capitol Police) called me last night and said you had ask that I not sent you so many critical emails," the person wrote Walker. "I ask him if he knew he was getting very close to my First Amendment rights."
Other messages flagged by Walker's staff included emails or letters from people making veiled threats of violence or saying they hoped Walker would die, kill himself, or be killed by someone else.
"Each time you look in the mirror you see a dead man," one undated and unsigned email said. "Your days are numbered."
One email sent March 21, 2011, said there was a bomb in Walker's office.
"You better shape up and quit changing the law or you will die and kids to if you have any and will be dead," the message said.
Another email sent to Walker on March 11, 2011, said, "If anyone deserves a bullet in the head, it is you and your ilk."
The Department of Justice previously released details of threats it investigated that were made against Walker and state lawmakers.
Only one case where a person made threats against Walker or lawmakers has led to charges in Dane County. In that case, a Cross Plains woman emailed death threats to 15 Republican state senators in 2011. She pleaded guilty to making a bomb threat and was placed in a first-offenders program.
In another case, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne opted not to file charges in November 2011 against a person who allegedly made a death threat against Walker in a Facebook message.
Ozanne said at the time that it would be difficult to prove the perceived threat in the message was intended to be received by the governor, as required by the law.
Ozanne said in an email message Monday that he did not believe any other cases had been forwarded to his office for potential prosecution. Most cases likely would be brought in Dane County, if the investigation produced evidence showing the communication against Walker ended up in his Capitol office, Ozanne said.
However, prosecutions could also be anywhere else in the state or outside of Wisconsin based on where the person who sent the threat is located, he said.
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