MADISON, Wis. —
For someone who believes judges have “a lot of discretion to do what you think is right,” Janet Protasiewicz consistently makes the wrong decision.
In one instance, local law enforcement was called to Matthew Neumann’s home “after police said his wife alleged he was drunk with a gun and threatening to use it if she left” — police confiscated more than 60 guns from his basement. He pled guilty to endangering safety with a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct, both with a domestic abuse modifier.
“In January 2016, Protasiewicz suspended Neumann’s 18-month prison term and placed Neumann on probation; conditions for probation included “absolute sobriety” and taking anger management classes.”
In another case, “Protasiewicz gave the minimum recommended prison sentence to a man accused of sexually assaulting his 13-year-old niece while she slept.”
Not a single parent can fathom how if Protasiewicz claims to have a lot of “discretion to do what is right” from the bench, she would repeatedly reward child rapists — ignore prosecutors — and repeat offenders.
It seems worth asking Protasiewicz how any of her weak sentences can be justified as appropriate or fair. At the bare minimum, voters like Wisconsin parents, victims of rape and domestic abuse, deserve to know.
Read more from Fox News below:
Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate gave probation to domestic abuser who later killed two people, burned bodies
March 27, 2023
A Milwaukee County judge running for a seat on the state’s Supreme Court, who has faced backlash over what critics describe as being soft on crime, suspended the prison sentence of a convicted domestic abuser before he went on to kill two people in 2019.
In February 2020, Matthew J. Neumann was found guilty of killing two of his cleaning company employees and burning their bodies on a hunting property in East Troy he was leasing back in January 2019. He was sentenced to 72 years in prison.
Neumann had a long criminal history prior to the killings. In 2015, he was found guilty of second-offense drunken driving, a misdemeanor, and later sentenced to 45 days in jail.
Later that year, local law enforcement was called to Neumann’s home after police said his wife alleged he was drunk with a gun and threatening to use it if she left the house, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Neumann surrendered to police after about 30 minutes, and police confiscated more than 60 guns from his basement. He pled guilty to endangering safety with a gun while intoxicated and disorderly conduct, both with a domestic abuse modifier, and he was prohibited from further gun ownership.
In January 2016, Protasiewicz suspended Neumann’s 18-month prison term and placed Neumann on probation for two years under certain conditions, including “absolute sobriety” and taking anger management classes.
Six months later, while still on probation, Neumann was accused of stealing property and convicted of a misdemeanor. The Journal Sentinel reported that Neumann was still on probation in April 2018, when Protasiewicz sought to modify the 18-month sentence. A new judge on the case, however, noted that Neumann had been cited for helping a woman burn her ex-boyfriend’s car and denied the request, the report said.
Less than a year later, Neumann was convicted for killing his two employees.