MILWAUKEE CO. (WITI) -- She was one of the top aides to now-Governor Scott Walker when he was Milwaukee's County Executive. She was accused of doing campaign work on taxpayers' time -- and convicted of one felony count of misconduct in public office after initially facing four charges. Now, we've learned Kelly Rindfleisch is appealing her conviction.
A judge sentenced Kelly Rindfleisch to six months in jail and three years of probation on the misconduct in public office charge back in November of 2013. The jail time was stayed, pending an appeal.
Rindfleisch's attorney is arguing the case against her only happened because the state violated her constitutional right to privacy by going beyond the scope of the original search warrant.
Rindfleisch served as Walker's chief of staff when he was County Executive.
Rindfleisch's attorney says an investigation began into another of Walker's staff members, and investigators were searching Rindfleisch's computer for evidence against that person. That's when investigators found evidence that Rindfleisch was engaged in political campaign activity for a lieutenant governor candidate while working as Walker's chief of staff in Milwaukee County.
"Within those 16,000 pages, there were vast -- thousands of pages that had nothing to do with the facts that were the target of the interest of the state in this case," Rindfleisch's attorney, Franklyn Gimbel said.
"It was the result of reviewing those documents that they came to focus on Ms. Rindfleisch, and I don't know of any case that prohibits that chain of events from leading us to her plea," Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wren said.
Rindfleisch pleaded guilty to that felony misconduct in public office charge.
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