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Ex-aide pleads guilty in Capitol corruption case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative aide accused of raising campaign funds for Republican candidates while on the state payroll has pleaded guilty in a Capitol corruption case that began nine years ago.

Fifty-nine-year-old Sherry Schultz was placed in a deferred prosecution program this week in Dane County and became the last defendant to settle a case linked to the scandal that rocked Wisconsin politics. Five top lawmakers were charged in the case, including Schultz's boss, former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen.

The State Journal says Schultz pleaded guilty to misconduct in office. The charge would be dismissed if she completes the program.

Schultz was originally convicted of felony misconduct. That conviction, as well as Jensen's, was thrown out by a state appeals court in 2007. Jensen pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor last December.

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