There is no way that former Wisconsin State Representative Scott Jensen wants to be placed in front of another jury. It is in his interest to strike a plea deal like other criminals do in order to reduce the likely harmful outcome of a trial.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen thinks that a retrial can be avoided by striking a plea deal. Readers need to be mindful that a jury found Jensen, the former Republican Speaker of the Assembly, guilty of three felonies. In other words any plea deal will have to be tough and serve the cause of justice. Even though the three felony convictions were overturned in November there is no reason to assume that another jury would not conclude the exact same thing. The actions of Jensen are no more right today than when he committed them while serving in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard must not forget the initial reason that Scott Jensen faced a trial. The use of state tax dollars to pay state workers at the Capital to work on political campaigns on state time needs to be addressed honestly. Scott Jensen needs to be reminded that his actions were wrong, and that there is a price to be paid. The citizens of Wisconsin deserve to have justice served.
To allow the actions to slide in a sweet plea deal where much is forgiven and forgotten does not meet the smell test for those who pay the taxes and play by the rules around the Badger State.