Georgia Thompson's long personal -- and very public -- nightmare is over.
Xoff is right -- the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision freeing her is a total humiliation for US Attorney Steven Biskupic. The decision also raises a number of interesting questions about US District Judge Rudolph Randa, a really, really conservative guy who has served on the advisory board of the local chapter of the ultra conservative Federalist Society. Randa usually handles white collar criminals rather gently, but he packed Thompson off to prison immediately and refused to let her remain free pending her appeal. In his decision denying her post-conviction bail, Randa said Thompson had no real reason to expect her conviction to be reversed.
What were Randa's motivation on that one? Biskupic overreached and will be beaten up good for this one, but nobody should forget about the guy in the robes.
Now the state needs to step in, pay Thompson's legal bills, and make her whole for her salary and fringes. Maybe throw in a couple of weeks of vacation and a massage.