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Foot-dragging at Department of Justice on child-porn tips

Computer keyboard - File photo
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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  It took at least four months for the State Justice Department to start checking out 43 tips about child pornography -- and some of those cases were never investigated. That's according to a Justice Department letter obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It was the result of an internal review which led to the firings of Milwaukee agents Willie Brantley and Anna King just over a month ago. Until now, we were told three child porn investigations had been delayed -- and Attorney General J-B Van Hollen had said it was impossible to know how many other cases were affected.

The Journal Sentinel said a termination letter to Brantley indicated that the 43 delayed cases were funneled from Madison to his Milwaukee office from 2011 through last year. It also said there were examples of other agents holding cases from 60-to-89 days. Brantley filed the letter with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, as part of an appeal to try and win his job back.

The letter did not indicate the outcomes of the other cases in question. Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck said those cases are related to a quote, "pending employment action" -- and the agency will respond at the proper time.

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