The former executive director of the Door County Humane Society plans to take her conviction to the federal courts. That follows a Wisconsin State Supreme Court decision to uphold her conviction and sentencing for embezzlement. Carrie Counihan was charged with using a humane society credit card for $20,000 in personal purchases. She pled no contest to five misdemeanor charges and seven felony charges were dismissed. Prosecutors recommended probation and restitution. Door County Circuit Court Judge David Weber, however, sentenced Counihan to nine-months in jail. Door County District Attorney Colleen Nordin is satisfied with the state supreme court decision.
Counihan challenged the jail sentence and charged the attorney who represented her at trial with ineffective representation. Calls to Counihan's last attorney of record, Ana Babcock, for comment were not returned.