Monday, October 24th, 2016

Jensen case settled


Former Speaker of the Assembly Scott Jensen came to an agreement with Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, ending the long criminal prosecution over the so-called “Caucus Scandal.”

Former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen agreed today to plead no contest to a civil forfeiture in a deal that settles the three felony misconduct in office charges filed against him in 2002 stemming from the “caucus scandal.”

In all, Jensen was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and $89 in court costs, as well as $67,147 within 60 days to cover the legal fees taxpayers paid on his behalf.

Jensen also agreed not to appeal his misdemeanor conviction from his original trial in Dane County court. Waukesha County DA Brad Schimel said that bars Jensen from seeking office because no one can appear on a Wisconsin ballot who has been convicted of violating the public trust.

Jensen declined to answer questions following today’s hearing in Waukesha County Circuit Court, instead handing reporters a statement calling it “a day of thanksgiving.”

“For nearly a decade, this investigation has been a dark cloud over our lives,” Jensen said. “It would have been easy for these events to have changed us and made us embittered. But we have been blessed in many ways. Most importantly, by the extraordinary support of our families, our friends and supporters and even people we had not met before.”

Jensen was originally charged in October 2002, accusing him of running a campaign shop out of his state office.

The real scandal is that this was ever prosecuted in the first place while no Assembly Democrats were ever charged for doing the same thing. In the meantime, we have been witness to an ugly display by Wisconsin’s liberals who seemed to want due process for everyone but those they dislike. For Jensen they would have willingly tossed out any rights of appeal he had and reinstated the death penalty if they could.

I’m glad this ugly case that never should have been prosecuted is over.

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