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Milwaukee Mayor’s Brother Violated Victim No Contact Order 4 DAYS Before Felony Charges Were Tossed


Just four days before a judge dismissed felony charges against Mayor Cavalier Johnson’s brother Allen Addison because an essential witness was not available, Addison violated GPS requirements that he stay out of a zone around shooting victim Eddie Knox’s house, records obtained exclusively by Wisconsin Right Now show.

Court records identify the essential witness as a neighbor of Knox.

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Court records also show that Addison was warned that a violation could result in his immediate arrest and could have resulted in a charge of bail jumping. “YOU MUST NOT DISREGARD THIS ORDER,” the records show.

Yet there is no record of a bail jumping charge being filed against Addison, instead, Judge David Feiss dismissed all criminal charges against him.

We asked the DA’s office why Addison was not charged with bail jumping; they did not immediately respond.

In January, a person named H.W. was identified as “the essential witness” of the state, when it was determined she was not available to testify that month due to being out of the state, which prosecutors verified with a travel itinerary.

She lives just a few houses down from Knox and is described in the criminal complaint as a neighbor. Both live in the 3500 block of N. 11th St. Court records for the GPS violation, which list Addison as non-compliant, include a map that shows he got within five houses of H.W.’s home.

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“Mr. Addison was ordered to have absolutely no contact and remain at least 500 feet away from EJK, including their residence…JusticePoint has reviewed with Mr. Addison his No Contact Order, including the exclusion zone via map. On May 26, 2023, Mr. Addison can be tracked traveling through the exclusion zone from 4:25:27 A.M. and 4:28:04 A.M. through West Finn Place and North 11th Street,” the May 26, 2023, JusticePoint report says. EJK is the shooting victim, Eddie Knox, who previously allowed WRN to use his name in an interview.

The judge did not specifically order Addison to have no contact with H.W. or any other witnesses except for Knox, even though the complaint shows that it was H.W. who identified Addison as the driver of the truck allegedly used in the shooting.

The complaint says: “On 1/5/2022, Det. El Gerrith Tucker and Det. William Savagian interviewed E.K.’s neighbor, H.W., and showed her a six-person photo array that contained a photo of defendant Allen Addison. H.W. selected the photo of defendant Addison as the driver of a black pick up truck that she saw heading north after she heard several gunshots. H.W. explained that she did not see the shooting, but saw the side profile of the driver of the black pick up as the truck drove north.”

We previously broke the story that all charges against Addison were dismissed by Judge David Feiss on May 30, 2023, the day that the case was supposed to go to jury trial. Addison, who has previous felony convictions for intimidating a witness, has skated from any accountability for Knox’s shooting, for a felon in possession charge, and for a two-hour high-profile standoff with police. Knox was shot in the head.

Feiss tossed the charges of 1st-degree reckless injury with a dangerous weapon and felon in possession of a firearm without prejudice when the “essential witness did not appear” in the long-languishing case, which had gone through multiple delays and a failure by the state to meet a speedy trial demand. No charges resulted from the standoff, which was captured on body cam video.

WRN has figured out H.W.’s full name from a state’s witness list but is not printing it for her privacy. The criminal complaint says that police found casings in Addison’s truck. Her testimony was important because Knox himself could not identify his shooter through tinted windows, the complaint says.

The letter, from JusticePoint GPS Supervision is dated on May 26, 2023, and it’s addressed to Feiss.

The records say that Addison was turned over to JusticePoint on April 1, 2022, for pretrial supervision. The court ordered intensive supervision, electronic monitoring (no contact monitoring only), drug testing, and a “no contact order with EJK. JusticePoint has set a 500-foot radius exclusion zone of EJK’s home address as provided by the District Attorney’s office.” Addison was also ordered to possess no firearms.

On Jan. 24, 2023, Addison was released from custody and placed on GPS supervision. In an earlier letter to the court dated May 19, 2023, JusticePoint wrote that, since his release from custody, Addison had no GPS violations (that changed May 26), kept his scheduled appointments, and was listed as unemployed. Six drug tests were listed as negative.

“Case set for Jury Trial. Defense ready to proceed,” the records say. “State’s essential witness is unavailable. Defense motion to dismiss, argued, and granted by the Court without prejudice. Defendant released from conditions of bail and any bail on deposit to be returned to the poster.” The criminal complaint was filed in January 2022.

Court notes say in January 2023: “Case in court for jury trial. State filed a motion to adjourn due to the essential witness being unavailable. State unable to comply with the speedy trial demand. Defense moved to modify the bail. Arguments heard as to bail. Court modified the defendants bail.” Feiss then modified Addison’s bail to a signature bond.

Court records show that the reason the witness was unavailable previously in January was because the witness was out of the country, which the prosecutor verified with a travel itinerary.

In a previous interview, Knox told WRN that he went to get some dog food, and pulled up on his street when the shooter “pulled up along the side of me and called my name and started shooting.”

He says that he knew “it was Allen” because he had known the 37-year-old man since he was 18. “My son chased him down and got the license plate,” he said, adding that he picked Addison out of a photo lineup. However, the criminal complaint does not contain those details; it says that Knox could not identify Addison for sure because the windows were tinted, and that his son chased him, but it doesn’t mention him getting a license plate. Instead, it mentions the neighbor. The complaint says the motive is tied up in Knox preventing Addison from beating up Addison’s girlfriend in a previous incident.

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Wisconsin Lawmakers Push Questions About IDs For Illegal Immigrants, Voting

(The Center Square) – Some Wisconsin lawmakers are trying to calm fears about illegal immigrants getting IDs and voting in the state.

The Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and the Senate Committee on Shared Revenue, Elections and Consumer Protection held a hearing Thursday with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, some local election clerks and Fond du Lac County’s district attorney.

“We're not trying to get anybody into a bad spot here, or in a corner, or make accusations on that level,” Sen. Dan Knodl, R-Germantown, said. “We want our clerks, who are already stressed enough, to know that we are here to be there as an assist to them.”

Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa, said he wants to make sure voters have faith in Wisconsin’s electoral process.

“This is one of the topics that hit our inboxes quite a bit the last three months or so,” Krug added. “We thought it’s pretty important just to vet it out, to get all the information out to the public.”

The Wisconsin Elections Commission was invited to Thursday’s meeting but didn’t attend because commissioners were having a meeting of their own. But that left lawmakers’ questions unanswered.

Wis-DOT Deputy Secretary Kristina Boardman said Wisconsin is known as a strict voter ID state.

“I want to make very clear that Wis-DOT is required to provide free identification cards for U.S. citizens that request them for the purposes of voting, and that to be eligible for that free identification card one must be a U.S. citizen and at least 17 years of age,” Boardman said. “Wis-DOT staff do not determine voter eligibility or register anyone to vote. Someone who has a Wisconsin ID or a driver's license is eligible to register to vote online, and that information will be confirmed with Wisconsin DMV systems to ensure that the information entered for voter registration is consistent with the DMV's records

Boardman said in Wisconsin, less than a fraction of one percent of ID requests are fraudulent.

“We put together [a] case activity report, assemble all of the documentation that we have, we have the investigator that had the case pull that together, and we do refer that to law enforcement so that they can take whatever action is appropriate,” Boardman added. “We note what statutes we believe may have been violated. And then it's up to law enforcement to take action.”

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Senate Republicans Override Evers’ Vetoes

(The Center Square) – On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate voted to override nine vetoes from Gov. Tony Evers, including the vetoes that scuttled PFAS clean-up money, millions of dollars that were earmarked for hospitals in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls and a plan that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to work more independently.

“The legislature has passed hundreds of bills to solve problems facing Wisconsin businesses and families. Most of these bills were signed into law, but many were vetoed by a governor more focused on politics than policies that help everyday Wisconsinites,” Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu said Tuesday. “Overriding the governor’s obstructive vetoes is the last, best way to address these critical issues.”

The override votes came one day after Evers sued the legislature over nearly $200 million that is attached to some of his vetoes.

Most of that money is the $125 million that’s supposed to go toward PFAS clean up in Wisconsin.

“For the fifth time this legislative session, I voted to provide Wisconsin families with the largest investment in clean drinking water in state history – five more times than every Democrat legislator in this state combined. The bill that Gov. Evers vetoed (SB 312) would have created a grant program that targets this critical funding to areas of the state most heavily impacted by PFAS contamination while protecting innocent landowners from financial ruin,” Sen Duey Stroebel, R-Cedarburg, said.

Evers has accused the legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee of obstructing his plans to clean up Wisconsin’s drinking water, and of delaying his other actions across the state.

LeMahieu said Evers is simply playing the game.

“While Gov. Evers plays politics, the legislature will continue to do the right thing on behalf of the people of our state,” LeMahieu added.

Senate Democrats responded with game-playing accusations of their own.

“Coming in to do all these veto overrides was clearly a stunt to try to appeal to voters ahead of the fall election,” Den. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, said. “Clearly Republicans were hearing from things in their district and wanted political cover. I don't think they got political cover today. I think what they got was people realizing just how afraid they are.”

But Tuesday’s veto overrides are largely symbolic.

While Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate have a veto-proof majority, Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly do not.

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Trump Holds Lead Over Biden Heading Toward November

With less than half a year until the 2024 presidential election, former President Donald Trump holds a sizable lead over incumbent President Joe Biden in several swing states.

While the overall national polling varies and shows a tighter race, Trump holds significant leads in several swing states.

According to Real Clear Politics, Trump leads in a slew of key battleground states like Arizona (+5.2), Georgia (+4.6), Michigan (+0.8), Nevada (+6.2), North Carolina (+5.4), Pennsylvania (+2.0), and Wisconsin (+0.6).

Other polling has shown Trump with a dominant lead in the Sun Belt while performing less well against Biden in some rust belt swing states.

“As the old saying goes, good gets better and bad gets worse, and it’s clear President Biden is in bad shape right now,” Colin Reed, a Republican strategist, former campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and co-founder of South and Hill Strategies, told The Center Square. “Five and a half months is an eternity in politics, and there’s theoretically still time to right the ship, but it’s getting late early for the president, especially when Father Time remains undefeated and doubts about his age continue to grow. “

According to the Real Clear Politics’ national polling average, Trump leads Biden 46.1% to 44.9%.

A New York Times poll released this week showed leads for Trump in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania but slightly trailing Biden in Wisconsin, raising concerns among supporters.

Trump’s lead has been in large part fueled by minority voters flocking to his side.

Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating has plummeted since taking office. While that is not unusual for incumbents, Biden’s approval is lower than recent presidents.

Gallup recently released polling data showing that in the 13th quarter of Biden’s presidency, he averaged a 38.7% approval rating, worse than Trump at the same time in his term.

“None of the other nine presidents elected to their first term since Dwight Eisenhower had a lower 13th-quarter average than Biden,” Gallup said.

Axios reported this week that Biden and his team think the polls don’t represent Americans’ actual feelings and that the president’s position is strong.

“They're still 50% (well 45%) to win, per betting markets,” pollster Nate Silver wrote on X. “But Biden has been behind Trump in polls for a year now. His approval is in the tank, and voters have been clear they think he's too old. If Trump wins, history will not remember Biden kindly.”

Meanwhile, Trump spends valuable campaign time in a series of court appearances for his myriad of federal prosecution court dates.

“I’m under a gag order,” Trump told reporters after a court appearance Tuesday. “Nobody has actually seen anything like it ... I'm beating him in every poll and I have a gag order, so I think it's totally unconstitutional."

Republicans have blasted Biden for Trump’s prosecution, accusing Biden of using the Justice Department against his political opponent.

“Despite Far Left Democrats’ illegal election interference, President Trump is beating Joe Biden in the polls!” Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., wrote on X Tuesday. “Voters see right through the sham Biden Trials and know President Trump is the best choice for president.”


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