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Will Scott Walker Pardon Scott Jensen?

December 22, 2010

A couple of days ago I posed a question.

So what is next for Scott Jensen?

How about a pardon request to Scott Walker? 

Why should the long and unseemly tale end now?

Seems we have an answer, for now. 

I would like to take Scott Walker at his word when he says he would not pardon Scott Jensen for his crimes, but I really have no reason to believe Walker just yet.   After all Walker was a part of the political culture just as Jensen was.  I was part of the political culture too at that time on the Democratic side.   So I know for a fact that there are many words and deeds that Walker must engage in before I will trust that a new page under the statehouse dome has emerged.

Governor-elect Scott Walker indicated Tuesday he would not pardon former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, who was convicted of a misdemeanor for using state resources to campaign.

As part of the deal, Jensen agreed not to appeal the 2006 misdemeanor conviction. Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel says that prevents him from running for future office because of a state constitutional provision that bars people from appearing on ballots if they have been convicted of a violation of the public trust.

Asked Tuesday if he would consider pardoning Jensen, Walker shook his head and said, “No, I think the criminal justice process worked itself out. The judge made a decision there. My guess is he’s just ready to move forward.”

Jensen and Walker, both Republicans, served in the Assembly together.

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