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Judge denies request to stop hearing to remove mayor

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A judge has denied a request from Green Bay’s mayor to stop a hearing on his possible removal from office.

Mayor Jim Schmitt was convicted of three misdemeanors for violating state campaign finance reporting laws. A citizen filed a complaint seeking his removal.

On Monday, Outagamie County Judge John DesJardins ruled the removal hearing can be held. WLUK-TV reports the City Council is expected to take up the citizen petition at a meeting Monday night.

Schmitt’s attorney says the violations happened when he was a private citizen running for office and unrelated to his mayoral duties.

In December, Schmitt was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine after pleading guilty. A special prosecutor concluded Schmitt accepted more than $10,000 in illegal contributions.

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