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Charges Against Mercer School Board Members Dropped

A northern Wisconsin judge has dropped felony charges against five current and former Mercer school board members. A northern Wisconsin judge has dropped felony charges against five current and former Mercer school board members. |  Photo: WDIO/MGN

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 22, 2019 07:32 PM

A northern Wisconsin judge has dropped felony charges against five current and former Mercer school board members.

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Current members Noel Brandt, Michele Holmstrom, and Deanna Pierpont had been charged with Misconduct in Public Office while former board members Colleen Kohegyi and Denise Thompson had been charged with Falsely Exercising the Function of Public Office.

The defendants moved to dismiss the charges with some saying prosecutors failed to establish probable cause, and that the criminal complaint is "defective."

The complaint filed in early April says the five allegedly signed a letter, which left the wrong impression that two of the signees were current school board members.

Judge Patrick Madden tells WDIO News that he moved to dismiss the charges because in every case there needs to be a "guilty mind" and a "guilty act." 

Madden says in the cases of the school board members there was no "guilty mind."

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Ryan Juntti

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