Biskupic Must Go To Prison.

McClatchy via TPM:

WASHINGTON – A U.S. attorney in Wisconsin who prosecuted a state Democratic official on corruption charges during last year’s heated governor’s race was once targeted for firing by the Department of Justice, but given a reprieve for reasons that remain unclear. A federal appeals court last week threw out the conviction of Wisconsin state worker Georgia Thompson, saying the evidence was “beyond thin.”

Congressional investigators looking into the firings of eight U.S. attorneys saw Wisconsin prosecutor Steven M. Biskupic’s name on a list of lawyers targeted for removal when they were inspecting a Justice Department document not yet made public, according to an attorney for a lawmaker involved in the investigation. The attorney asked for anonymity because of the political sensitivity of the investigation.

He put an innocent woman in jail to avoid being fired. The Seventh Circuit released her, and I think the chances of a new trial just dropped to nil. She should sue everyone in sight.

UPDATE: Look at this:

ORDER: The judgment of conviction is REVERSED, and the case
will be REMANDED with instructions to enter a judgment of
acquittal. An opinion will be issued in due course. The
time to file a petition for rehearing is extended until 14
days after the court issues its opinion. This extension of
time also means that the mandate will be deferred. But
Thompson is entitled to immediate release from prison, on
her own recognizance. The United States must make
arrangements so that she may be released before the close
of business today. Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook,
Circuit Judge William J. Bauer, Circuit Judge Diane P.
Wood. [06-3676] [2091025-1] (jame)

Not sent for a new trial, but reversed. This is incredibly rare. People don’t get thrown out of jail by courts of appeal very often, and if they do, they don’t have it happen on factual findings, but on errors of law. No one here is saying the trial court applied the wrong law. It’s just saying there was no evidence.