John Chisholm recall, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (2014)

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An effort to recall John Chisholm from his position as district attorney in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin was unofficially launched in February 2014. Community organizers are considering launching a recall effort after Chisholm declined to press charges against three men involved in the death of a 16-year-old boy.[1]


In December 2012, 16-year-old Corey Stingley was caught trying to steal alcohol. When he tried to run, three men grabbed him and pinned him face-down for approximately 10 minutes, waiting for the police. When the officers arrived on the scene, Stingley was dead. Chisholm reviewed the case and declared there was not enough evidence to charge the men with murder. Since he released his decision, there has been public outcry from Stingley's family and the local community. Chisholm said, he is "standing by that decision and accept(ing) any criticism that comes with it."[1]

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See also: Laws governing recall in Wisconsin

If supporters decide to move forward with the recall, they would have to register their "intent to recall" with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. They would have 60 days from when the petition is officially registered to collect the required number of valid signatures, which is 25% of the number of people who voted in the previous election for governor within the electoral district of the officer who is being targeted.

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