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Lawyer: battery, false imprisonment charges against Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Chair 'absolutely false'Submitted: 08/16/2017
Lawyer: battery, false imprisonment charges against Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Chair 'absolutely false'
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
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bmeyer@wjfw.com

CRANDON - The lawyer for Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Chair Chris McGeshick repeated that allegations of battery and false imprisonment are "absolutely false" at McGeshick's first appearance in Forest County Court Wednesday.

McGeshick faces one felony count and two misdemeanor counts in Forest County Court.

A former tribal member told police McGeshick slammed him against a wall at the Sokaogon Chippewa Tribal Offices in late June.


Three witnesses told detectives McGeshick was restaining the victim. One said McGeshick had his "hands locked behind the neck of the victim."

Phyllis Tousey, McGeshick's lawyer, echoed an earlier statement from the tribe, saying the allegations are absolutely false. McGeshick declined to comment after his court appearance.

Forest County Judge Leon Stenz released McGeshick on a $2,000 signature bond. He will return to hear evidence against him on October 11.

Tousey also requested Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono be removed as prosecutor in the case. She presented screenshots of Facebook messages in court.

"It appears that Mr. Simono has made himself a witness in this case by his communicating with another witness," Tousey said. "This is the first time I've ever seen a district attorney communicating with people individually."

Stenz didn't rule on the matter, instead asking Tousey to submit a formal motion.

After the hearing, Simono said the attempt has no merit.

Tousey also said she plans to try and get the case dismissed and move any legal action to the tribal court system, saying the State doesn't have jurisdiction in the case.

After court, Simono said he has no doubt the charges are being brought in the correct jurisdiction, pointing out the tribal court has no apparatus for prosecuting criminal matters.

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