Lawyer Steve Glynn betrayed a Client to protect a Corrupt Judge and a Colleague.
Hansher, Kohler, Matestic and Glynn – shilling for the Devil.
“The Brothers Grim”
The pressure for group cohesion among criminal defence lawyers can outweigh client needs and
the requirements of law. A pattern exists: Lawyers need clients and they acquire them with
promises. A case progresses, fees are charged. One day the stone wall of career and tribal
demands ends the odyssey.
The lawyers who sold their souls to the devil in this case deserve exposure so far spared them by
local media. After orchestrating a blatantly rigged trial, Judge Hansher, Defence Lawyer Martin
Kohler and Prosecutor Fred Matestic marketed phoney versions of themselves and their actions.
They audaciously and blatantly altered facts, including substituting false documentation for
original, court-ordered reports.
Steve Glynn – retained to submit an appeal to a rigged trial in Milwaukee, deliberately
concealed misconduct by Defense Lawyer Martin Kohler and Prosecutor Fred Matestic.
Glynn was hired based on a mutual agreement that misconduct at a trial would be
exposed. The misconduct included concealment of all defence evidence, failure to submit a
witness list to the court, misleading/intimidating potential witnesses, preventing Black Americans
from serving on the jury, and deliberately false statements made to the jury by Prosecutor F.
Glynn received his retainer and subsequent fees, but, after months of supposedly preparing the
appeal, he abruptly refused to cast blame on Kohler or Matestic. Instead, he submitted the appeal
based on technicalities well removed from misconduct by anyone in Milwaukee.
The judge in the case, David Hansher, had fulfifilled the role of plea-bargain enforcer. He became
angered to the extreme because the defendant insisted on a trial. Hansher made clear to Defence
Lawyer Kohler: I don’t want that goddamned case or that client and his mess in my courtroom.
Hansher also merits the role of a law school class exemplar, on how personal resentments and
failed expectations take hold of a man, to slowly disassemble the character required to be a good
To wit: After 18 months of intense coercion by Kohler, Hansher was so infuriated at the absence of
a plea bargain that he railed against the defendant in open court, claiming the defendant was
mentally “frail” and, in writing, stated that the defendant “belongs in a mental institution.”
It needs to be noted that none of the “frailty” or need for a mental institution had been exhibited
during the 18-month run up to the trial, nor at any time prior to that in the defendant’s history. But
the defendant had witnessed numerous violations of ethics and law under Hansher’s supervision.
The longer the plea bargain remained elusive, the more vindictive and mean-spirited Hansher
became, and the more Lawyer Kohler felt pressure to obtain a plea bargain. After all, Kohler had
touted himself as a “plea-bargain specialist” and boasted “no client gets past me.”
At one point Kohler threatened his client with five years of hard time at the Waupun Correctional
Institute; he even threatened the defendant’s child, if he continued to refuse the plea bargain.
(The above circumstances are described in detail in the book Beyond Outrage: www.beyond-outrage.com
and in Lawyers Broken Bad: www.lawyersbrokenbad.com).
Both Kohler and Hansher were confifident in Kohler’s past record of coercing plea bargains.
Hansher thus kept extending the time until trial, giving Kohler extra time as Kohler kept promising
he would get the plea bargain.
Hansher could have waited for a court-ordered psychological report before making his personal
pronouncement on someone’s mental state to the public. Had he waited for the opinion rendered
by Dr. Ken Diamond, however, he would have been mightily disappointed.
A total of three psychological reports by three court-appointed psychologists agreed that Hansher
was both rash and wrong: no signs of negative mental health issues, no need for counselling, no
medication required. Instead, the report by Dr. Diamond, chief psychologist for Milwaukee
County, was effusively positive in favor of the defendant. He stated that the defendant was likely
telling the truth about what Hansher did not want revealed in his courtroom.
It is known from the days of the old Soviet Union that dissidents or those opposed to the ideology
of the ruling communists were often classifified as mentally ill. Such accusations arise in
authoritarian systems: a dissident must be mentally deranged to express independent thoughts.
Hansher did not grow up in the Soviet Union, but he was an authoritarian and expected
An individual of Hansher’s mentality struggles emotionally when their expectations are not met,
i.e. a defendant must plea bargain. “Who does he think he is?” he demanded of Kohler with
feathers ruffled each time the defendant insisted on a trial.
Well before the trial, the judge-defendant relationship had already warped into something
dangerous. Hansher didn’t know how to back down from his insistence on the plea bargain.
Kohler became his punishing partner, a role that he accepted like Sonny in the Godfather.
Such an authoritarian-minded individual as Hansher reformulates unprocessed disappointment,
i.e. failed expectations, into a projection as a mental defect in the person causing the
disappointment. In this case, the need for Hansher’s own wish fulfifilment ultimately went so far as
the falsifification of the psychological report that came to mock him.
Hansher refused to acknowledge the report from his own appointed psychologist.
Hansher had instructed from the bench that the defendant, a father, should have no right to
contact his five-year-old son until the child reached 18 years of age.
The defendant’s “mental frailty” was one cornerstone of this unusually severe punishment. In fact,
Hansher’s order was pure vengeance resulting from his yet undiluted anger at allowing himself to
preside over a trial that would haunt him for the rest of his life … unless… unless he could make it
all go away.
Like Bernie Madoffff, Hansher didn’t know how to stop putting bad money after bad. Hansher, like
Madoffff, needed to be stopped … but wasn’t.
Who in Milwaukee would stop a corrupt Milwaukee judge? No lawyer wanted to be a
whistleblower. Milwaukee media wanted no part of that either.
Steve Glynn represented the defendant at the time when Dr. Diamond’s report was submitted to Hansher.
While the report bolstered the defendant’s position, Lawyer Glynn saw things otherwise: “This report will only
anger Judge Hansher; we had better not emphasise it or present it in court; it could be detrimental to you,”
Glynn warned. Glynn’s stance on the report stood as emblematic of everything wrong in this case and in the
Milwaukee legal system. The law was secondary to the feelings of the people who represented the law.
A highly positive psychological report put the lie to Hansher’s wildly irresponsible statements to
the public. Of course, the psychological report made Hansher appear as the vindictive, impulsive
fool that he was. It showed him the clown in a clown show trial that he had organised in anger. So
far, however, he and Glynn, myself and Ken Diamond were the only audience.
But Glynn saw his role as protector of the tribal leader, keeping Hansher’s rash statements from
challenge by the expert.
The power of Judge Hansher and Martin Kohler in their legal clique was such that they could
conceal and obfuscate with impunity. Glynn was their lackey. Many saw it, but no one wanted to
In the case of Hansher, Kohler and Matestic, they used a false accusation of mental illness as a
means of deflecting scrutiny, casting doubt on an author who exposed them and concealing a
rigged trial. Like cheap grifters, scam artists and conmen, they told the public and colleagues a
story that they knew the public would buy.
Glynn needed the money from accepting the case; what he did not need was to become a
whistleblower or the enabler of a whistleblower in his legal community.
Glynn went on to protect other tribal members – Prosecutor Matestic, Defence Lawyer Kohler –
with a deceitful appeal.
Despite the favourable psychological reports from three court appointed psychologists, Hansher
refused to lift the 13-year ban on the father seeing his son. Murderers get to see their children but,
by God, if you refuse to plea bargain for Hansher and show him a favorable psychological
report … the devil will descend upon you.
NOTE: Probation Offiffifficer Cordell Wilson was not only happy to enforce Hansher’s no-contact
order, he also helped hide the fraudulent alteration of psychological reports, even after being
advised of such by one of the court appointed psychologists.
Beyond Outrage at www.beyond-outrage.com
Lawyers Broken Bad at www.lawyersbrokenbad.com