Wrongful Conviction for Reasons of Careerism and Bigotry Against Lesbians
"They didn't look at (Penny), they just looked at it as let's get
another gay person off the street," said Nancy Brummer, Penny's mother (Pabich, WMTV-TV) -
Updated - As Penny Brummer remains in prison, convicted for the 1994 killing of Sarah Gonstead, a $10,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for 1994 death of Gonstead and Kelly Nolan.
Tipsters may remain anonymous. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll-free at 800 407-1178.
Penny Brummer's 1994 conviction remains an outrage perpetrated by the Madison Police Dept, the Dane County Sheriff's Dept., and the Dane County District Attorney's office still protecting the wrongful conviction to this day.
Here in Dane County, an innocent woman, Penny Brummer,
remains behind bars (in Fond du Lac county), a 1994 prosecution
presided over by District Attorney Brian Blanchard's office (2001-2010),
and an injustice District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (2010-present) has
refused to revisit, though the case lacks evidence of any kind—forensic
evidence, crime scene eyewitness accounts, murder weapons, nothing but bigotry and what
attorneys call "confirmation bias."
So what happened in 1994? The D.A.'s office says: There's no case?
Brummer was a lesbian and veteran so she likely murdered someone, and police had a theory, who needs evidence?
The judge was former Dane County (Wisconsin) Judge Patrick Fiedler, now a partner with Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C.,
after several decades of prosecutorial work in service to the
Republican Party and his career. Fiedler, a rightwinger and typical
bigot, agreed with the D.A's office.
A decent judge would have dismissed the case.
It is incomprehensible to me why current DA Ismael Ozanne lets this injustice stand.
"Police clearly had 'tunnel vision' in building a case against Penny,
another common feature in wrongful convictions. Witness David Zoromski,
who reported seeing a suspicious man standing by the open passenger door
of a parked pickup truck exactly where Sarah's body was later found,
was told by a Dane County Sheriff's Deputy, 'What you saw is all very
interesting, but we have a suspect and it doesn't fit.' The man seen by
Mr. Zoromski matched the description of the person Penny said she saw
Sarah talking to near the Taco Bell at East Washington Avenue and North
Oak Street in Madison, after she dropped her off that night. Police
identified him and knew he was a convicted felon with a long history of
violence toward women -- but they never followed up on this lead."
- From Who Killed Sarah
To support this innocent woman, see Penny Brummer.