Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Fleischman plea deal dissolves, goes to jury trial

In "eating my words" news, yesterday's hearing in the Donald Fleischman case did get some press (despite what I claimed this morning on Lee Rayburn's show--it was early!). Here's the quick update, thanks to the Green Bay Press Gazette:
A dissolved plea deal Tuesday means a child-enticement case against the former head of the Brown County Republican Party will go to a jury.

Donald Fleischman, 38, was scheduled to enter a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of harboring a juvenile fugitive, but Brown County Deputy District Attorney John Luetscher said the deal had fallen apart.

"We won't be able to settle the case," Luetscher told Brown County Circuit Court Judge Donald Zuidmulder. "I don't think either side is going to give in."

Luetscher said the prosecution and defense could not agree on the specific charges to which Fleischman would plead guilty or no contest.

No further word on goofticket's retraction posts (he has since deleted his account on Daily Kos, but as far as I can see that's the only change).

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