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Supervisor wants criminal probe into Gableman ad


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A county supervisor is asking for an investigation into whether Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman committed a crime when he ran a misleading campaign ad.

  The Judicial Commission alleges Gableman committed misconduct by falsely suggesting Justice Louis Butler freed a child molester who later raped again in a television ad.

  Now Milwaukee County Supervisor John Weishan Jr. wants to know whether Gableman's conduct violated a state law that prohibits anyone from knowingly making "a false representation pertaining to a candidate."

  That law punishes violators with up to six months in jail but it does not appear to have been enforced in recent years.

  Gableman's consultant has argued the ad's language was factual and the complaint is a violation of his free speech.

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