Wednesday, August 29, 2007

McGee motion denied, trials separated

Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Dennis Moroney today denied a motion to dismiss charges against Ald. Michael McGee Jr. and set a Dec. 10 trial date for McGee and two co-defendants on charges stemming from an alleged beating plot.

McGee's attorney, Glenn Givens, brought the motion on grounds of "vindictive and retaliatory prosecution" and argued that prosecutors had racist motivations for bringing charges against McGee.

A final pre-trial conference is set for Nov. 15.

Moroney also decided to hold a separate trial for McGee on 10 election-related counts. He scheduled a hearing for Oct. 9 to decide whether to link McGee's case with those of two others charged with similar violations during his recall election.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Lupton indicted

A grand jury returned an indictment today against former UGL Equis Corp. vice president Larry Lupton, who was charged in May by the U.S. Attorney's office in Milwaukee for soliciting a kickback in connection with the sale of a $30 million state office building at 101 E. Wilson St.

In addition to the kickback charge, Lupton was also indicted on a charge that he lied to an FBI agent.

*See the indictment:
http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/070815LuptonIndictment.pdf
*See the press release from the U.S. attorney's office:
http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/070814LuptonIndict.pdf

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