By Roger Utnehmer
Patrick Markham was convicted recently in Door County court of disorderly conduct for his actions toward people protesting a local political event. Markham spewed exhaust at protestors and revved his engine, allegedly scaring children participating in the protest.
He has now issued a statement claiming that the judge who presided at his trial should have recused himself. Markham inaccurately charged that Door County Circuit Court Judge E. Todd Ehlers previously worked for the Pinkert Law Firm, which represented the city in the action against Markham. He said, “the city attorney will take all matters in front of Ehlers with no attempt to work things out prior so the Pinkert firm can collect the fees.”
“They know,” Markham said, “Ehlers will rule in favor of them so they try to bring every case in front of the judge to collect more fees.”
Judge Ehlers confirmed for DoorCountyDailyNews.com that he was never a partner nor employed by the Pinkert Law Firm.
Markham also said, “Pretty hard to get a fair hearing if the judge and prosecutor are on the same team.”
Markham also accused Ehlers of “asking me belittling questions from the bench in an angry tone.”
In addition, Markham complained that Jon Pinkert, representing the City of Sturgeon Bay, “would not talk to me at the hearing” and did not inform him that he was required to request a jury trial by a certain date. Pinkert told DoorCountyDailyNews.com it is neither his nor the judge’s responsibility to explain the filing requirement to defendants.
Markham also complained about news coverage and has demanded that DoorCountyDailyNews.com retract an earlier story about his conviction.
DoorCountyDailyNews.com is not publishing the entire comments submitted by Markham because his charges against Judge Ehlers and attorney Jon Pinkert are false and without merit.