“There have been a series of very troubling allegations, the most troubling of which is the most recent and most serious one,” said Trempealeau County District Attorney Taavi McMahon.
McMahon says he will not resign his post, amid allegations levied by the county board.
McMahon held a news conference in the Trempealeau county board room on Wednesday.
The call for his resignation started after McMahon closed his office on Sept. 15 for the funeral of Jackson Co. District Attorney Gerald Fox.
McMahon reportedly ordered his staff, who are county employees, to attend the funeral and suspended an employee who refused to attend.
That incident, among others, led the county board to send a letter to Governor Scott Walker saying they believe McMahon is “derelict in his duties”.
McMahon said he did not believe his actions were inappropriate and denies suspending the employee, who is currently on paid administrative leave.
Later, another letter was sent to Walker from the board accusing the DA of committing a felony and asked for the Governor to suspend McMahon.
That letter accuses McMahon of giving false information in October to a judge.
The letter claims McMahon requested an appointment of a special prosecutor because he was not able to attend to his duties because of a health issue, but never submitted an affidavit to the Department of Administration as he represented to the judge.
McMahon addressed that letter today as well.
“What I can tell you is I have never lied to the court. I try to maintain the highest ethical standards throughout my career and lying to the court is something every attorney knows is not something we can do,” said McMahon.
McMahon says he rescinded that process and did not complete it after getting a clean bill of health, but claims he was not lying.
We reached out to County Board Char Dick Miller who says he has no comment on the matter at this time.