Jensen agrees to civil forfeiture to settle three felony charges

By Kay Nolan,  September 20, 2010

Kay Nolan is a contributing writer for WisPolitics.com. This article ran in the September 20, 2010 issue.

Former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen agreed today to plead no contest to a civil forfeiture in a deal that settles the three felony misconduct in office charges filed against him in 2002 stemming from the “caucus scandal.”

In all, Jensen was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and $89 in court costs, as well as $67,147 within 60 days to cover the legal fees taxpayers paid on his behalf.

Jensen also agreed not to appeal his misdemeanor conviction from his original trial in Dane County court. Waukesha County DA Brad Schimel said that bars Jensen from seeking office because no one can appear on a Wisconsin ballot who has been convicted of violating the public trust.