Monday, July 16, 2007

McGee pleads not guilty to federal, state charges

Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee Jr. pleaded not guilty Monday morning to all charges of a nine-count federal indictment that alleges he engaged in bribery and extortion and attempted to skirt reporting requirements for a large cash transaction. His case has been assigned to Judge Charles Clevert Jr.

A pretrial conference is set for Sept. 20, and trial is set for Oct. 1. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs estimated the trial would take about two weeks.

In addition, McGee pleaded not guilty Friday to 12 state counts. Judge Dennis Moroney scheduled a hearing for August 28 on a motion to dismiss McGee is to file and on other matters.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

McGee order reversed; will remain in custody

A federal judge has ordered Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee Jr. remain in custody pending trial.

The order reverses a Monday decision by a magistrate judge that he could be released on $10,000 bail.

Also yesterday, a grand jury issued a formal indictment against McGee, alleging five counts of bribery, three counts of extortion and one count of failure to report a large cash transaction.

He is due again in federal court Monday, and in state court on Friday.

See the indictment: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/070711McGeeIndictment.pdf

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Monday, July 09, 2007

McGee given $10,000 bail

Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee Jr. can be released on $10,000 cash bail, a federal magistrate judge has ruled.

The $10,000 would be on top of the $50,000 bail that has already been posted for McGee on state charges.

Magistrate Judge Patricia Gorence ordered McGee to remain at home under electronic monitoring, and only be allowed to leave for Common Council votes, medical treatment, meetings with his lawyer and religious services. McGee was also ordered to have no contact with constituents and must handle all communication with them through his staff.

Although she approved bail, Gorence told McGee the evidence provided shows "you don't take court orders seriously."

"You need to understand... this isn't a game," she added, warning him later she'd have him detained "in a New York minute" should he violate conditions of his release.

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