UPDATE: New judge assigned to case of former Walker aide
MILWAUKEE (AP) -
A new judge has been assigned to the case of Timothy D. Russell, a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive.
The 48-year-old Russell is accused of stealing more than $21,000 from a nonprofit organization that Walker asked him to lead.
Russell's defense attorney requested a new judge in Milwaukee County court. That request was granted Thursday, and the case initially reassigned to Judge J.D. Watt. Watt reviewed the case for an hour and announced he was recusing himself.
So the case will now be heard by Judge David Hansher. An arraignment has been set for Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Russell's defense attorney, Mike Maistelman, declined to say why he requested a new judge, saying he doesn't want to reveal his defense strategy.
A man who was a deputy chief of staff to Gov. Scott Walker when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive is set to be arraigned on theft charges.
An arraignment for Timothy D. Russell is scheduled for Thursday morning. He's charged with two charges of felony theft and one charge of misdemeanor theft.
The 48-year-old is accused of stealing more than $21,000 from a nonprofit organization that Walker asked him to lead. The charges came as part of an ongoing criminal investigation centered on people who served in county government during Walker's tenure as executive.
A message left with Russell's defense attorney, Mike Maistelman, was not immediately returned. He has previously said his client is innocent.
Another former Walker appointee is also charged with embezzling from the organization.