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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