Appeals court rules against former Wisconsin DOJ agent

A state appeals court has overturned a lower court’s ruling in favor of a former agent who brought a whistleblower complaint against the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Dan Bethards brought the claim after he was fired in 2013 following his accusation that his boss at DOJ illegally sold guns.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against Bethards. It upheld the 2014 decision by an administrative law judge dismissing Bethards’ complaints, saying he failed to comply with the state whistleblower law.

That ruling had been overturned by the Douglas County Circuit Court in 2015.

The appeals court on Tuesday agreed with the earlier judge’s findings that Bethards failed to properly contact his supervisor as the state whistleblower law requires.

Bethards’ attorney did not immediately return a message seeking comment.