The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit has reversed the convictions of Georgia Thompson and ordered her released from prison, according to the US Attorney's office in Milwaukee.
Thompson, a former state purchasing employee, was convicted of steering a travel contract to a company whose executives had given the campaign of Gov. Jim Doyle large contributions.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard the case on Thursday and issued a one-page order, overturning the convictions and ordering Thompson released from the federal prison in Illinois where she is being held.
Thompson will remain free on a signature bond until the court of appeals issues a written explanation of its decision, which will be issued "in due course," the order said.
The office of U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, who was not in the office and unavailable for comment, issued a press release announcing the decision and congratulating Thompson's attorneys. There was no word on whether there will be an appeal.
And what's up with the prosecutor conragtulating her attorneys?? I can't wait to hear the backstory on this one...