Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Van Hollen declines to appeal Jensen decision; Blanchard will retry the former speaker

The 4th District Court of Appeals will issue paperwork by Dec. 10 to send the case of former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen back to Dane County District Court, after the Department of Justice announced it wouldn't ask the Supreme Court to overturn the Appeals Court's decision to overturn the verdicts.

Dane Co. DA Brian Blanchard, who prosecuted Jensen and won convictions on three felony counts and one misdemeanor, said he'll retry the Brookfield Republican.

After the court of appeals paperwork, Dane County Judge Steven Ebert, who heard the initial case, will set a status conference.

Jensen's attorney Stephen Meyer said at that time he may offer pre-trial motions, but said it was premature to discuss what those motions might be.

Meyer could ask for a change of venue or judge in the case.

See the DOJ statement on the decision not to appeal to the Supreme Court: http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=111823

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