Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ladwig, Schultz, Jensen Sentencings Today

Sherry Schultz has asked a judge to consider anything from a fine up to 30 days incarceration as her penalty for a felony misconduct in office conviction when she's sentenced today. The DA had asked for six months to nine months in jail with work release privileges.

Attorney Stephen Morgan filed papers Monday afternoon urging a sentence in the range between the penalty former Rep. Bonnie Ladwig received for a misdemeanor ethics violation (a fine) and the sentence of former Rep. Steven Foti on a misdemeanor charge (30 days incarceration). Ladwig, Schultz and former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen will be sentenced today for their roles in the caucus scandal. The DA has asked for a five-year sentence for Jensen with up to 20 months in prison and the rest on supervised release. Jensen has already said he plans to appeal his conviction.

If a fine is not acceptable, Schultz suggests probation for up to 18 months as an alternative to incarceration.

Morgan's filing was accompanied by 17 letters written by individuals supporting Sherry Schultz, including Scott and Laurie McCallum, the former governor and first lady of Wisconsin.

The defense also objected to an order of restitution, saying that there was "no identified victim, type of damage or loss suffered."

Ladwig's sentencing is set for 8:15 a.m., with Schultz' scheduled for 9:15 a.m. and Jensen's for 1:30 p.m.

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