I had almost forgotten about Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel’s role in helping disgraced former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen avoid multiple felony convictions for misconduct in public office as a result of Jensen’s involvement in the caucus scandal, in which multiple lawmakers from both parties used taxpayer resources to run political campaigns.
Disgraced former Speaker of the Assembly Scott Jensen reemerged into the public eye last week, showing up at the Capitol to testify in support of a deeply flawed bill in the Assembly on behalf of his secretive pro-school voucher group that has spent an estimated $4.4 million on Republican candidates since 2010.
This reemergence was only made possible by a sweetheart deal given to him by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel – the same man who wants to be the next Attorney General.
After being convicted on multiple felony counts for political corruption, Jensen tied the courts up in appeals for ten years and was granted a new trial. Jensen then got his former GOP colleagues to change state law so that his case could go back to his handpicked prosecutor – Brad Schimel.
Brad Schimel gave him a sweet heart deal, refused to prosecute him and now all of Jensen’s felony convictions have gone away.
Thanks to Republican District Attorney Schimel, fellow Republican Scott Jensen avoided any felony convictions and instead plead guilty to a misdemeanor, a fact that should insult anyone in Wisconsin who values clean government in our state.
Brad Schimel can talk all he wants about how “tough on crime” is, but when it comes to prosecuting corrupt politicians from his own party, Schimel has shown he’d rather put party ahead of prosecution.