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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Milwaukee alderman facing multiple charges

While the L.A. Times keeps spilling ink on former Minnesota U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger, federal prosecutors in Wisconsin have had their hands full with Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee.

According to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, McGee and two other men were arrested this week on suspicion of plotting to kill a man whom they suspected of burglarizing a home, before deciding that he instead should be beaten.

In an unrelated twist, state and federal authorities had also been investigating McGee since May 2006 on suspicion of bribery, according to Steven M. Biskupic, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

So in addition to being charged by Milwaukee County prosecutors for solicitation to commit conspiracy and battery, he is also being charged in federal court with coercion and soliciting a bribe from businesses in his district in exchange for help on liquor licenses and other matters.

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