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Justice department denies release of Verveer records


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wis. Department of Justice official refused to release records to WKOW27 News of a probe into the prosecutorial conduct of Madison city council member Mike Verveer.

"The Department of Justice's investigation involving Michael Verveer remains open and ongoing," wrote Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter in his response to a March request for documents under the state open records law by WKOW27 News.

"Continued confidentiality of the specific records you request is essential to the integrity and effectiveness of the ongoing investigation."

The investigation into the activities of Verveer as an assistant Dane County district attorney has been ongoing since October 2008.

Several criminal defendants have claimed Verveer's contacts with them were unsolicited and concerning, including Chicago's Danny McCarthy, who told 27 News Verveer tried to dissuade him from continuing to retain a lawyer in a battery case.

Verveer told 27 News any contacts he made with criminal defendants were appropriate and were motivated by court scheduling matters. Verveer said he had no recollection of calling McCarthy.

McCarthy also told 27 News he saw Verveer socializing with the victim of McCarthy's alleged battery after the case was settled as a civil forfeiture. Verveer said his acquaintance with the victim played no role in the case.

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