Thursday, August 31, 2006

Blanchard Seeks Half Million from Caucus Defendants; Jensen, Schultz to Appeal Cases

Dane County DA Brian Blanchard is seeking more than $500,000 in restitution from caucus scandal defendants Scott Jensen, Steve Foti and Sherry Schultz, according to a filing today in Dane County Court.

Blanchard is asking that the defendants pay back Schultz's salary from 1998-2001, when she was listed as a staffer in Foti's office but worked at the Assembly Republican Caucus. Over that period, she was paid $291,505, which Blanchard says works out to $97,168 each, if they pay it back equally.

Blanchard is also requesting that Jensen be ordered to pay back the salaries of seven former ARC staffers, totaling $242,334.03, from June '98 to Nov. '00. He also asked for defendants to pay back attorneys fees paid by the Assembly - $67,147 for Jensen, $27,981 for Foti, and $68,629 for Schultz.

Jensen, Schultz and Foti are scheduled to appear at a restitution hearing on Sept. 8 before Dane County Judge Steven Ebert.

Jensen and Schultz have filed notices of appeal with the Dane County Circuit Court clerk's office. Jensen's notice was filed last Thursday by Attorney Bob Friebert, who was hired after Jensen was convicted in March on three felony counts of misconduct in office and a misdemeanor ethics violation. Schultz's appeal was filed Tuesday by Jennifer Krueger, who works with Schultz's attorney Stephen Morgan in the Murphy Desmond law firm.

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