Friday, September 07, 2007

Appeals court: McGee can be held until trial

Milwaukee Ald. Michael McGee Jr. can be held until trial without bail, a federal appeals court has ruled.

McGee's federal defender, Calvin Malone, had petitioned the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals after Judge Rudolph Randa ruled in July that McGee could be held due to his alleged failure to follow court orders and for being a possible danger to the community.

Randa's decision had reversed an order by a magistrate judge that would have allowed McGee's release on $10,000 cash bond and other conditions.

McGee faces a nine-count federal indictment alleging extortion, bribery and attempting to avoid reporting requirements for a large cash transaction. He also faces 12 state charges, for which he had posted $50,000 bail.


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