Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Prosecution Requests 6 Months Jailtime for Chvala

The prosecution in the case against Chuck Chvala said in its sentencing recommendation that the former Senate majority leader should serve time in jail to send a message to other public officials.

"To allow defendant Chvala to walk away from justice without suffering the punitive sanction of incarceration would unduly depreciate the seriousness of his offenses," the filing said. "Moreover, in sentencing this defendant, the court will be sending a message to other elected officials. The sentence must include incarceration in order to deter similar abuses of political power."

The filing goes on to argue that "Chvala abused his public power in an intentional and systematic manner. ... In order to maintain control of the State Senate, defendant Chvala chose to violate the law and abuse his public trust."

The prosecution recommended two years probation, six months in the Dane County Jail with work-release privileges and a fine of $5,500.

Read the prosecution's entire filing: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/051206chvalasent.pdf

Chvala's defense team has been contacted for its response but has not yet responded.

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