Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Randa Denies Thompson Bail Pending Appeal

Former DOA employee Georgia Thompson will begin serving her 18 month prison term on Nov. 27, her bid to remain free pending appeal denied last week by U.S. Circuit Court Judge Rudolph Randa.

In his decision, Randa said Thompson and her attorneys failed to provide any legal evidence that would suggest her conviction would be overturned on appeal.

Thompson was convicted in June and sentenced in September for steering a state travel contract to a Milwaukee company that contributed to Gov. Jim Doyle's campaign. Prosecutors said Thompson pushed to have the contract awarded to Adelman Travel because she felt it would help her career. The defense argued that prosecutors never provided any proof that higher-ups pressured Tholmpson, or that she was aware Adelman executives supported Doyle.

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