Milwaukee prosecutors will ask a judge today to reconsider the first supervised release of a sex offender in the city. The man is scheduled to be placed at a residence whose location the judge has ordered kept secret. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the release of four-times-convicted child molester Billy Lee Morford to a home less than a mile from two schools and a park is scheduled for today.
Milwaukee County Circuit Judge John Franke, who had approved Morford’s release, agreed to hold an emergency hearing after Milwaukee County prosecutors came to his house to request a 48-hour stay in Morford’s placement.
Prosecutors took that action at the urging of county Supervisor Robert Krug, who expressed outrage about Morford’s placement site and the secrecy surrounding it. “This is like the Star Chamber,” Krug said. “This process is in contempt of the public … A lot of people involved in social services and the judge and law enforcement have known about this since early May, and this judge has a seal order in place. High-ranking people were in effect gagged from talking about this.”