Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Schultz Gets Capitol Ban, Home Confinement

By JR Ross
WisPolitics.com

A Dane County judge called former GOP aide Sherry Schultz the "grease" that made the Assembly Republican machine function in sentencing her to four months electronic monitoring along with five years probation that includes a ban from the Capitol and its grounds. But he also said it would not be fair to treat her like two former state senators already sentenced in the scandal, rejecting the district attorney's request for six months to nine months in jail following her conviction for felony misconduct in office.

Judge Steven Ebert also said he would order restitution at a later hearing, when he also wants testimony to determine how much in legal fees Schultz may owe the state. He did not mention former Dem Sens. Chuck Chvala and Brian Burke by name. But he was clearly comparing Schultz's sentence to the nine months in jail Chvala received and the six months handed down to Burke as part of plea deals they reached with prosecutors.

Still, he said it was obvious Schultz knew what she was doing was illegal and the illegal campaigning has been a sordid affair that "has been an affront to Wisconsin's democratic traditions."

"You were the grease that helped the machine function efficiently and smoothly," Ebert said.

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