by anthony @ 12:56 PM BST
Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 11:49:37 AM PDT
left: Georgia Thompson
In this diary yesterday, I provided some background about the shocking federal appeals court reversal of a case prosecuted to the full extent of the law by Bush-appointed US Attorney Biskupic in the months leading up to the 2006 Wisconsin Governor's election.
Biskupic went full-tilt after a Wisconsin civil service employee, who lost everything and was sentenced to federal prison right before the election (in which incumbent Democratic Governor Jim Doyle was being challenged by Bush family friend, Rep Mark Green).
Last Friday - Good Friday - the federal appeals court (with 2 of the 3 judges being Republican appointees) literally took one look at the case and with less than a day of oral argument overturned the sentence and ordered the employee, Georgia Thompson, immediately released from prison - before even issuing a written decision.
After his high-profile prosecution of this case, US Attorney Biskupic has been nearly as silent as a church mouse, dispatching a staff attorney to receive the Good Friday courtroom rebuke from which he was absent, and then issuing a brief statement congratulating Ms Thompson's lawyers after the stunning decision.
Over the weekend I called for a Congressional investigation of this case, as it appears there's a chance it could be linked to the larger US Attorneys scandal, which has up until now focused mainly on who was fired for political reasons by the Bush White House, which was seeking maximum pre-election pressure on Democrats at all levels while easing up on any Republicans with potential (or actual) scandals.
It's time to look at the US Attorneys who weren't fired to see if they were doing White House bidding to try to tilt elections to Republicans.
A few minutes ago, Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote Attorney General Gonzales demanding all documents related to this case. BRAVO!
Here's the full text of the letter.
The letter was signed by the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: Chair Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Charles Schumer, Russ Feingold, Herb Kohl, and Sheldon Whitehouse. It is delicious irony that both of Wisconsin's Senators signed this letter.