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Wall Street Journal Recognizes Graves Garrett in article titled "Free Speech Liberation Day"

Graves Garrett was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal, and numerous other national media, for its Wisconsin Supreme Court victory on behalf of clients Wisconsin Club for Growth and its director, Eric O'Keefe. The editorial, titled "Free Speech Liberation Day," recognized the firm for its work in the state's long-running “John Doe” investigation in which the Club and O’Keefe were improperly forced to defend themselves against the wide-ranging investigation because of their support for Gov. Scott Walker’s policy agenda. 

The Wall Street Journal  commended the Court's ruling, which effectively shut down "a nearly three-year secret investigation that tried to muzzle conservative groups and cripple Governor Scott Walker." Graves Garrett was also applauded in the editorial for its role in bringing "the constitutional issues into public focus."

Graves Garrett Partner Todd Graves, who led defense efforts on behalf of O'Keefe and Wisconsin Club for Growth with co-counsel Edward Greim, conveyed his deep gratitude to the court for the ruling, which reaffirmed citizens' first amendment rights to free speech. 

“The government acted as if key protections in our nation’s Bill of Rights simply did not apply,” Graves added. “They used search warrants to conduct pre-dawn raids on families and secretly obtained millions of personal emails from numerous parties, including individuals who still do not know they were targeted. They counted on a veil of secrecy to assault the fundamental liberties of our clients and commit taxpayer funds for an outrageous misuse of their offices and the law. They used their unlawful investigation to try to threaten and embarrass groups they do not like, specifically because of the groups’ constitutionally protected efforts on libertarian and conservative issues. Until today, District Attorney John Chisholm and the GAB acted like playground bullies without fear of restraint from the courts.”

As the Wisconsin Supreme Court stated, this “ends this unconstitutional John Doe investigation.”  “We are pleased that the court agrees with the position we’ve maintained from the time our clients first learned of this improper political investigation,” Graves said. 

In addition to The Wall Street Journal, the firm's victory was also covered by The Washington Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business and Wisconsin Radio Network, to name a few. 

Graves Garrett Free Speech, Campaign and Election Law Practice

Graves Garrett brings its complex litigation and white collar criminal defense expertise to the growing and highly-regulated field of political and election-related speech. In the area of free speech, campaign and election law, our firm represents individuals, non-profit educational and advocacy corporations, and political committees in their struggle against increasingly burdensome and intrusive governmental restrictions on speech. The firm has represented a wide range of clients in this practice area from corporations and nonprofit groups to attorneys general, state legislators and statewide elected officials including U.S. Congressmen and U.S. senators. 

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