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Friday, April 06, 2007

Karl Rove's Department of Injustice

Question: Was this one more witch hunt perpetrated by the Karl Rove Department of Injustice?

A Wisconsin state purchasing manager, Georgia Thompson, was indicted by the Republican US Attorney and eventually convicted of awarding a travel contract to a firm linked to Democratic Governor Jim Doyle's re-election campaign. In a highly unusual decision, the appeals court overturned the conviction after only 25 minutes of oral argument, saying there was essentially no evidence against her. They ordered her released from jail immediately (she's already served fur months in prison) even before they have had a chance to hand down a written opinion.

Federal judges Thursday ruled that former state purchasing supervisor Georgia L. Thompson was wrongly convicted of making sure a state travel contract went to a firm linked to Gov. Jim Doyle's re-election campaign and freed her from an Illinois prison.

The three-judge panel in Chicago acted with unusual speed, ruling after oral arguments by Thompson's attorney and the U.S. attorney's office.

During 26 minutes of oral arguments, all three judges assailed the government's case, with Judge Diane Wood saying at one point that "the evidence is beyond thin."

Unfortunately, the poor woman's career has been destroyed. And, how do you ever undo four months in prison?


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