Friday, May 11, 2007

Judge denies request to reconsider Hurtgen charges

A federal judge has denied a request to reconsider his decision to dismiss charges against former Tommy Thompson aide and bond trader Nick Hurtgen.

Federal prosecutors in Chicago filed the request after U.S. Judge John Grady ruled they had failed to provide required evidence to support charges filed against Hurtgen in a kickback scheme involving construction executives and the head of the Illinois board that regulates hospital projects.

The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has 30 days from last week's decision to file a notice of appeal with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. "That's a decision we haven’t made yet and is under review," said Randall Samborn, spokesman for the Chicago office.

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