Scooter once again proved that he is above the law in getting a in a sweet deal with his home town prosecutor, convicted felon Scooter Jensen avoided jail. The journal sentinel has a pretty good rundown of the events:
Jensen was charged in 2002 with misconduct in public office on accusations of using state resources and state workers to campaign for Assembly Republicans in 1998 and 2000 elections. Four other legislative leaders from both parties were charged around the same time. All but Jensen accepted plea agreements.
In 2006, a Dane County jury convicted Jensen of three felonies and a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison but was allowed to remain free while appealing the case.
The state Appeals Court overturned the felony convictions in late 2007 and ordered a new trial, in part because Jensen was barred at trial from testifying about his understanding of whether Democratic leaders also were using state resources to campaign. Jensen wanted to testify about that to show that his use of state resources for campaigns put him on an even footing with Democrats, rather than giving him a dishonest advantage.
Jensen did not appeal his misdemeanor conviction.
The new trial was put on hold while Jensen, of Brookfield, argued that the case should be moved to Waukesha County. In general, trials are held where crimes are alleged to have occurred. But the Legislature rewrote the law in 2007 to say politicians charged with ethics violations would be tried in their home counties.
Even the right wing Wisconsin State Journal thinks scooter got off easy.
A couple of personal observations here:
* Scooter is the example of how badly we need “tort reform”. This convicted felon was allowed to walk free because he got off on a technicality!
* it also shows how poor our election process is that we have to say he can never run for office again. You would think being an elected official. who showed he had no ethics and morals whatsoever, and showed a complete lack of respect for taxpayer money and the democratic process has to be barred from running again. You would think it was a given…