Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Investigators Didn't Get How Legislature Worked, Jensen Says

Meyer wrapped up his questions by asking about the interview with Blanchard and Collins. Jensen said he felt the investigators misunderstood much of what he said and seemed not to be knowledgeable about the workings of the Legislature.

He also raised questions about the accuracy of the report, noting on the first page it said he was majority leader. "That's a pretty simple mistake," he said.

Asked what he's been doing since being charged, Jensen said he was grateful to be re-elected by his constituents by two of the largest margins of his career.

Jensen -- composed throughout questioning by Meyer -- turned emotional when asked about the impact the case has had on his family. He seemed to be near tears as he tried to recount the kindness of his supporters and the cruelty of his detractors. An objection by the prosecution cut him short before he could relay a personal anecdote to the jurors.

He also paraphrased Dickens to describe the last few years, "It has been the best of times and the worst of times," he said.

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