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Judge refuses to dismiss charges against county commissioner


August 17, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday rejected defense arguments that the U.S. government needlessly interjected itself in matters traditionally reserved for states when it charged a Sedgwick County commissioner with fraud and money laundering.

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

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren ruled that the defense team had not provided any reasons he could dismiss the charges under federal procedures....

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