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Posted: 10/17/2002 2:44:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/17/2002 2:45:59 PM EDT by 9divdoc]
[url]http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/771085/posts?page=1[/url] Top Wisconsin Democrat State Senator Charged w/Extortion Las vagas Sun / AP ^ | 10.17.2002 | JENNY PRICE Posted on 10/17/2002 2:32 PM Pacific by rface MADISON, Wis.- A top state senator was charged Thursday with extortion and official misconduct in a scandal that has tarnished Wisconsin's reputation for squeaky-clean government. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala said that he would resign his leadership post once his fellow Democrats selected a new leader. He said he will remain in the Senate. "I will fight these allegations because they are not true," he said. Chvala could get up to 90 years in prison and $200,000 in fines if convicted. He was the second legislator charged in the yearlong investigation into allegations of illegal campaign activity the state Capitol. The probe began last year after the Wisconsin State Journal reported that legislative caucus employees were illegally coordinating campaign activities from their state offices using state resources. Chvala, 47, was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and has been Democratic leader since 1995. He had no comment on Wednesday after learning that he was about to be charged. Democratic Sen. Brian Burke was charged earlier with using his Capitol office to collect campaign contributions in his now-defunct bid for attorney general. District Attorney E. Michael McCann said he expects no other charges against elected officials in the case.
Link Posted: 10/17/2002 2:57:55 PM EDT
An article from the original Communist newspaper in Madison: [url]http://www.madison.com/captimes/news/local/34319.php[/url] From the formerly Republucan leaning newspaper in Madison, long since merged with the Communist newspaper: [url]http://www.madison.com/wisconsinstatejournal/local/34284.php[/url] ...but why is the MKE DA bringing charges against a Madison legislator? Must be because the original investigation was started in MKE, huh?
Link Posted: 10/17/2002 3:02:17 PM EDT
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