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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