I wrote about Georgia Thompson back in December. I remain convinced that her conviction was a bizarre miscarriage of justice. This afternoon the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the conviction and ordered her release from prison.
Ms. Thompson has been financially devastated and the appeal that won her release was costly. As I suggested in December,
If, like me, you sense a certain Kafkaesque stench here, if you can see your way clear to supporting a woman who appears to have been trampled by take-no-prisoners partisan politics, and who is paying a ridiculous price for a lapse of objectivity, who has perhaps an extra share of the desire to please others in her personality, then you may want to contribute:
The Georgia Thompson Defense Fund
PO Box 1528
Madison, WI 53701-1528
UPDATE… UPDATE… UPDATE… from the Secretary of the State Department of Administration:
I am sure that many of you have heard the very good news about Georgia Thompson.Â
The Federal Court of Appeals has taken the extraordinary step of overturning the district court decision and has ordered a judgment of acquittal and ordered that she be released from prison by the end of the day.Â In fact, she has already been released and is with her family.
Obviously this is tremendous news for Ms. Thompson and her family.Â Ms. Thompson is due all rights of a state employee and if she desires to return to the Department of Administration, she will be welcomed and shall be reinstated with the same seniority and benefits she enjoyed before leaving state service. The Department will work with Ms. Thompson to support her for any legal expenses that she has incurred.