State Supreme Court awards Jensen retrial in Waukesha County


Political insiders suggest a settlement might be in the offing for former GOP Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen.

That comes after the state Supreme Court overturned lower court decisions in ruling that Jensen, of Waukesha, should be re-tried in his home county for his role in the “caucus scandal.”

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has previously suggested a settlement instead of a retrial. And Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel did not rule that out when he said today his next job is “bringing the truckload of boxes” of evidence from Madison.

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“Going into every case, I always hope there’s a chance (for a settlement), because I can’t try every case,” Schimel said.

Jensen  was convicted in March 2006 of felony misconduct in office charges for using state workers to aide Assembly Republican campaigns. The so-called “caucus scandal” charges were originally filed in 2002 by Dane County D.A. Brian Blanchard, who this April was elected to the 4th District Court of Appeals.

Justice David Prosser, a former Republican legislator who testified as a character witness on behalf of Jensen in the Dane County trial, did not participate in the new decision.
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