Saturday, October 28, 2006

Who does she think she is, Scott Jensen?

Different strokes applied to different folks:
Judge says Thompson can't remain free during her appeal

Associated Press Writer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has denied a former state employee's request to stay out of prison while she appeals her conviction on charges she steered a travel contract to a donor of Gov. Jim Doyle.

In a ruling released Friday, U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa said Georgia Thompson hadn't shown that she was likely to have the conviction on two counts of felony fraud overturned or be granted a new trial.

As a result, he upheld his earlier ruling that she report to prison to begin serving an 18-month sentence on Nov. 27.
And on the other hand:

Jensen to remain free pending appeals;

Ex-lawmaker's case could take two years

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jun 20, 2006

Madison-- A judge ruled Monday that former state Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen won't have to begin serving his 15-month prison sentence until he exhausts the appeals of his conviction for having aides campaign on state time.

The Town of Brookfield Republican will not have to start his prison sentence on July 15 as originally ordered and instead can remain free on a $10,000 bond, said Dane County Circuit Judge Steven Ebert.

The appeals process could take up to two years.

Ebert noted that he remains convinced a jury was correct in convicting Jensen earlier this year of three felonies and one misdemeanor. But the judge said he recognized that if Jensen ultimately wins his appeal, time spent in prison "cannot be returned" to him.

Of course, if Georgia Thompson wins her appeal the time she spends in prison will be returned to her, apparently.


At 6:20 PM, Blogger Shades said...

The difference is - Jensen will most likely win on appeal. GT will not.

How do you think Black, Pocan and Krug will feel when the Appeals court rules that Jensen should have been allowed to show what the Assembly Dems were also doing?

My bet is if that happens - Blanchard will offer Jensen a deal he can't refuse. After all, he achieved his goal which was to get Jensen out of the Capitol.

At 4:56 PM, Blogger Kerr Mudgeon said...

Georgia Thompson's federal fraud convictions are a miscarriage of justice. In the end, the firm she supported made the lowest bid, so no federal (or state) money was misspent. The fact that the case was federal and not state -- because she broke NO state procurement laws -- shows what a farce it was.

The federal prosecutor wanted to get Doyle but couldn't, so he settled for GT. And the GOP has been using these unfair convictions as 'proof' of Doyle corruption.

Funny how Tommy G Thompson was accused of the same stuff as Doyle, but no prosecutor ever bothered to investigate him.


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