Judge to hear case against commissioner

National News

August 18, 2018 - 4:00 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge plans to hear oral arguments Friday on whether the federal government needlessly interjected itself in matters traditionally reserved for states when it charged Sedgwick County commissioner Michael O’Donnell with fraud.

Prosecutors have accused O’Donnell of fraudulently obtaining $10,500 for his personal use from his campaign accounts during his races for the county commission and the Kansas Legislature.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a hearing before U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren is still scheduled on defense motions just days after prosecutors filed a new indictment. The defense wants the court to dismiss the charges.

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