Friday, May 04, 2007

Biskupic won't appeal Thompson decision

A spokeswoman for Milwaukee U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic said he will not pursue an appeal to the reversal of DOA employee Georgia Thompson's conviction. The deadline for the appeal is today.

"We have not filed anything," said first assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs. She declined to elaborate on the rationale for not pursuing the appeal.

Last month, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago overturned Thompson's conviction on charges of steering a state contract to Adelman Travel, a company whose executives contributed to Gov. Jim Doyle's campaign. Biskupic argued that Thompson steered the contract to Adelman to gain favor with her superiors.

The appeals court ordered the immediate release of Thompson, who had served four months of her 18-month prison sentence. She has since returned to work at the DOA.

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