Judge Jill Karofsky’s Supreme Court campaign announced it would issue a cease and desist letter on Friday, demanding that groups supporting her opponent, Justice Daniel Kelly, immediately stop airing attack ads that falsely claim Karofsky was the prosecutor who struck a plea deal allowing a man charged with sexual assault of a child not to serve time behind bars.
Two Republican State Leadership Committee digital ads call Karofsky “dangerously soft on crime” and refer to the case State of Wisconsin vs. Donald A Worley.
Former Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed Karofsky’s opponent, Kelly, to the Supreme Court, tweeted out one of the ads on Friday:
Liberal Jill Karofsky is dangerously soft on crime. Watch these powerful ads from @RSLC
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) March 27, 2020
But the Karofsky campaign says she had nothing to do with the 1999 case.
“Court records clearly show Karofsky first made an appearance on 7/30/2001, at a hearing to extend Worley’s probation, more than a year after a different Dane County Assistant District Attorney reached the plea deal with the defendant,” a campaign press release states. “The defendant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years probation on 3/20/2000.”
“These false, baseless, and disgusting attack ads must be pulled down immediately,” said Karofsky campaign manager Tyler Hendricks.
“Judge Jill Karofsky has spent decades as a victim’s advocate and she’s the only candidate who has held violent criminals accountable as a trial court judge.”