Friday, May 23, 2008

Thompson case under investigation by DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility

The U.S. Department of Justice has acknowledged in a letter to U.S. Rep. John Conyers that its Office of Professional Responsibility has opened an investigation into four cases of alleged selective or politicized prosecution, including the case of Georgia Thompson.

The letter was posted at Talking Points Memo.

Conyers, D-N.Y., U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and two others sent a letter to the department last month urging a review of the Thompson case and three others.

Thompson was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic on a charge of steering a state contract to a travel company whose executives contributed to Gov. Jim Doyle's campaign. Thompson was convicted in 2006, but the verdict was overturned on appeal. In the opinion reversing the conviction, one appeals court judge called the evidence used to prosecute Thompson "beyond thin." Biskupic has denied that political factors played any role in the prosecutor.

Thompson was given her job back, and Doyle signed a bill last month to pay nearly $229,000 in her legal fees.

See the letter from the U.S. DOJ:


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