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Republican Scott Jensen Using Still More Legal Tactics To Delay Justice

September 13, 2010

Here we go again on the tortured path of ‘justice’ in Wisconsin.

When Republican Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen was originally charged in 2002 with using state resources and state workers for partisan work on state time ,who would have thought that in late 2010 we would still be trying to get the guy to admit his crimes and do his time?

The latest from the never-ending Scott Jensen saga of how to slow and delay the process of justice in Wisconsin took place today.

Attorneys preparing for former Republican Assembly speaker Scott Jensen’s new trial on misconduct in office charges want access to dozens of boxes of records and transcripts from the secret John Doe investigation related to the Democratic side of the Assembly.

The John Doe proceeding in 2001 and 2002 led to charges being filed against both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, including Jensen, as part of the state caucus scandal.

During Jensen’s original trial in Dane County, records only from the Republican side of the John Doe probe were admitted, according to comments made in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Monday by prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Jensen, 50, of Brookfield, was in court Monday for a status conference on his new trial, which is being handled by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick L. Snyder.

The John Doe records are the first issue of the retrial being undertaken by the court.

Jensen was charged in 2002 with misconduct in public office, accused of using state resources and state workers to campaign for Assembly Republicans in 1998 and 2000 elections. Four other legislative leaders from both parties were charged around the same time.

All but Jensen accepted plea agreements.

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