Biskupic's Tactics Have Been Questioned
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Dee J. Hall
Former Outagamie County District Attorney Vince
Biskupic's actions as
prosecutor have been questioned before. His tactics have drawn a rebuke
from the state Ethics Board, allegations of prosecutorial misconduct
from another prosecutor and harsh words from a local judge.
court brief filed in October 2004, Winnebago County District Attorney
Bill Lennon alleged Biskupic elicited false testimony from a jailhouse
snitch who said an inmate was making threats against Biskupic's boss,
Joseph Paulus. Biskupic was Paulus' deputy in Winnebago County before
his election in Outagamie County in 1994. Paulus is now in prison on
According to the evidence uncovered
by Lennon, Biskupic elicited false testimony from one witness and also
withheld some audio tapes that could have helped the defendant.
In a written response to the Wisconsin State Journal,
Biskupic denied he was required to turn over the tapes.
In 2003, the state
Ethics Board rebuked Biskupic after a Wisconsin
State Journal series showed that while district attorney, he struck
secret deals with defendants to get more lenient treatment if they paid
up to $8,000 to local anti-crime groups or a fund in his office.
The ethics panel said Biskupic's program looked like
"justice for sale
to those who can afford it" and notified all district attorneys in
Wisconsin that such programs were illegal. The Ethics Board didn't fine
Biskupic because it found he didn't gain financially from the deals.
Biskupic at the time declared he was "cleared," but Executive Director
Roth Judd rejected that characterization as "inaccurate."
1995, Biskupic was removed from a murder case by Outagamie County
Circuit Judge John Des Jardins for ordering the destruction of police
reports in the prosecution of a 16-year-old boy charged with killing
another teenager who was related to several local police officers. The
case was sent to Brown County, and Greg Kortz was sentenced to 13 years
in the slaying. Des Jardins said Biskupic's actions violated his
obligations to preserve evidence and were intended to damage Kortz's