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Georgia Thompson's conviction tossed

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Postby noblejoanie » Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:29 pm

"Who was the judge in this case, anyway?

Chief Judge Rudolph T. Randa presided. He was appointed by Bush the elder. He's the judge who in 1995 broke with every other court and struck a federal law protecting access to abortion clinics. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.h ... 2fAbortion

I quite agree that if the 7th circuit found the evidence beyond thin, you'd think the trial judge would have had some similar qualms, enough so that even if he didn't throw out the verdict, which is tough for judges to do, he could at least have granted the poor woman bail pending appeal of an 18-month sentence--think about that, appeals often take a year and he sent her to prison instead of letting her stay out on bail, in a case where there was little to no evidence to support her conviction.

Wow.
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Postby Andy Olsen » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:24 pm

Looks like Congress is taking an interest in how Biskupic is doing his job in Wisconsin's eastern district.

Here's the TPMMuckracker story:
http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/002978.php
Here's the Senate Judiciary Comittee's letter:
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/j ... wisconsin/

Poor Georgia Thompson is going to be famous from all this, if not rich. (I hope she's doing a book!)
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Postby goofticket » Tue Apr 10, 2007 9:11 pm

This made the NY Times too.
As I said, bye bye Biskupic.
Hello Wisc GOP records and computers via subpoena.
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Postby Andy Olsen » Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:33 pm

Because we're liberals, we try to be fair.

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/002988.php
Did Rove Want Wisconsin U.S.A. on Purge List?
By Paul Kiel - April 11, 2007, 4:18 PM

Here's what the evidence shows. Karl Rove wanted evidence that there had been a Democratic criminal conspiracy to stuff the ballot box in Milwaukee and New Mexico in 2004. But the U.S. attorneys there didn't deliver. In the case of New Mexico's David Iglesias, that likely cost him his job. Wisconsin's Steve Biskupic only avoided being fired by the skin of his teeth.

See link for more/./
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Postby bmasel » Wed Apr 11, 2007 4:55 pm

My hunch:

biskupic's job was saved by Sensenbrenner, who doesn't like out of State Republicans messing in his turf.
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Postby noblejoanie » Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:54 pm

bmasel wrote:My hunch:

biskupic's job was saved by Sensenbrenner, who doesn't like out of State Republicans messing in his turf.


Any lingering doubts whether Biskupic was following marching orders?
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/12/washi ... ud.html?hp

Talking Points Memo is also all over this:
http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/013581.php
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Postby noblejoanie » Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:14 am

TPM continues its supberb coverage, linking to the excellent Shepard Express editorial:"Making Sense of the Georgia Thompson Ruling"
http://www.shepherd-express.com/1editor ... ken.subpub

What escaped my attention until this piece is why was this case in federal court, rather than state court, in the first place, and then why in the eastern district (Milwaukee)--Thompson was a state employee who lived in Madison.

Finally, why does Peg Lautenschlagger continue to defend Biskupic? (I say that as one who backed Peg, btw.) Her office as well as that of Dance County DA Blanchard reviewed Thompson's case and determined not to press charges. So why defend Biskupic's decision to charge in federal court and the federal court in Milwaukee at that, especially given evidence "beyond thin"?
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Postby Bwis53 » Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:16 am

Does she get restitution for lost wages, bills and any other losses caused by this persecution?
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Postby Stu Levitan » Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:45 am

The New York Times weighs in:
[url=
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/opini ... ref=slogin]
Editorial Observer:A Woman Wrongly Convicted and a U.S. Attorney Who Kept His Job [/url]

btw = anybody know why urls are going weird here?
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Postby noblejoanie » Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:46 am

Stu Levitan wrote:The New York Times weighs in:
[url=
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/opini ... ref=slogin]
Editorial Observer:A Woman Wrongly Convicted and a U.S. Attorney Who Kept His Job [/url]

btw = anybody know why urls are going weird here?


The best part:
"But even if there were no discussions, Mr. Biskupic may have known that his bosses in Washington expected him to use his position to help Republicans win elections, and then did what they wanted.

That would be ironic indeed. One of the biggest weaknesses in the case against Ms. Thompson was that to commit the crime she was charged with she had to have tried to gain personally from the contract, and thereâ??s no credible evidence that she did. So Mr. Biskupic made the creative argument that she gained by obtaining â??political advantage for her superiorsâ?Â
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Postby GaryM » Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:12 pm

[quote="Stu Levitan"]The New York Times weighs in:
[url=
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/opini ... ref=slogin]
Editorial Observer:A Woman Wrongly Convicted and a U.S. Attorney Who Kept His Job [/url]



Looks like ya'll have your own Mike Nifong!
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Postby Andy Olsen » Tue Apr 17, 2007 1:00 pm

[quote="noblejoanie"]One of the biggest weaknesses in the case against Ms. Thompson was that to commit the crime she was charged with she had to have tried to gain personally from the contract, and thereâ??s no credible evidence that she did. So Mr. Biskupic made the creative argument that she gained by obtaining â??political advantage for her superiorsâ?Â
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