Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Foti Will Go to Jail Easter Sunday

The lawyer for former Assembly Majority Leader Steve Foti
told WisPolitics today that the Oconomowoc will report to jail this Sunday
to begin serving a 60-day jail sentence.

Attorney Franklyn Gimbel said he advised Foti not to appeal the sentence,
which is twice what Dane County DA Brian Blanchard had recommended to Dane
County Judge Steven Ebert.

"I just don't believe there was a reasonable basis that anyone would say
the judge didn't have the power to do what he did," said Gimbel.

Foti weighed the advice and opted to begin the jail term, which he will
serve at the Dane County courthouse. "Some people talk about the length of
sentence being insignificant, but until you walk into a room and give up
your freedom for a day or an hour, it takes on a different perspective,"
said Gimbel, explaining the tough decision Foti faced.

Gimbel said he's still waiting to hear about a date for a restitution
hearing in the case.

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