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Scott Jensen And Legal Stalling Tactics

January 16, 2009

It was not really news when the appeals court decision on Thursday was handed down which ruled former Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen will not be allowed to have his re-trial for misconduct in office tried in his home county.  Many had thought that the idea pursued by the Jensen legal team was a long stretch, and not one that would grant the former legislator any satisfaction, other than delaying his new trial, which seems to be a goal in and of itself.

 The whole idea of delaying and stalling has become the game plan by Jensen and his lawyers, while the citizenry of the state watches as the wheel of justice has stopped in this case.  Worse yet for Wisconsin is the fact Scott Jensen has not yet acknowledged the corrosive effect his actions had on the political process.

In this latest legal saga Scott Jensen was trying to argue that the language, which created the Government Accountability Board in 2007, allowed him to have his trail moved to Waukesha County, where he lives.  The Government Accountability Board allows for lawmakers to be tried in their home counties for violations of ethics and lobbying regulations, but the felony charges facing Jensen that date back to the 1998 and 2000 elections are not covered. 

The ruling is sure to be challenged by Scott Jensen to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with the final ruling many more months down the road.  Why Jensen thinks that the literacy skills of the Supreme Court will be less than those of the appeal court is a mystery to me.  The law as passed by the legislature when creating the GAB will not be any different no matter how many courts read it.

While the legal safeguards are in place to insure that a defendant has the right to pursue all the routes for a fair trial and legal process, there is also the need of the state to see justice not perverted by legal slickness.  We all have reasons to be concerned when someone with the financial means uses the legal system to maneuver around justice, in an attempt to evade it.  And that is what Scott Jensen is doing.  Not attempting to do, but doing.  And we are witnessing it.

Jensen was found guilty of three felonies and one misdemeanor after a jury of his peers heard weeks of testimony about the former speaker using state employees for campaign purposes.  An appeals court overturned that decision on a technicality, and a new trial is still waiting to be held on the initial charges.

When Scott Jensen is finally brought before a new jury, unless he pleads a deal before that time, I am confident that he will be found guilty again of trying to gain a dishonest advantage over the opposition party by using state workers for political motives.  Jensen played politics as if it were a game, and now he is doing the same with the justice system.  How much longer Jensen can snub the consequences of his actions while serving in the legislature is something we will just be forced to watch unfold.   But one thing is clear.  It is not a pretty sight.

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6 Comments
  1. January 17, 2009 12:35 AM

    We used to call this, “due process.”

  2. January 16, 2009 9:49 PM

    You said: “How much longer Jensen can snub the consequences of his actions while serving in the legislature is something we will just be forced to watch unfold.”

    My point is that you may want to edit that to clarify that “while serving in the legislature” is meant to modify “actions” rather than “snub” — the current wording is grammatically ambiguous.

  3. January 16, 2009 9:33 PM

    Jill,

    I know, but what is your point.

  4. January 16, 2009 8:46 PM

    I agree with the points you are trying to make. However, Scott Jensen hasn’t served in the legislature for at least a couple years.

  5. January 16, 2009 11:58 AM

    I agree!

  6. tomjerkweed permalink
    January 16, 2009 11:36 AM

    To quote Dr. Martin Luther King:
    “Justice delayed is justice denied”.

    Jensen kind of does this sideways.

    “Justice delayed keeps my ass out of jail”.

    Maybe if he was in jail George W. Bush could have pardoned him and Jensen would have been exonerated of all wrong doing.

    Wisconsin needs Peter Fitzgerald to set up shop up there.

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