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Fitzgerald: No cop would arrest Senate Dems


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he couldn't find any police agency that would enforce his order to forcibly detain the 14 senators who fled Wisconsin.

Memos and emails obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal from the offices of Fitzgerald and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Ted Blazel show attorneys from three state agencies told Fitzgerald he was on shaky legal ground.

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, says the situation was "uncharted territory" that no one knew how to navigate.

But he acknowledged the efforts to return the senators to Madison would have become a public relations "disaster" if anyone had been arrested.

The Democrats fled to Illinois to avoid voting on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal taking away most collective bargaining rights from public workers.

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