Testimony begins in bribery trial of former Milwaukee County supervisor
MILWAUKEE- A jury began hearing testimony Tuesday in the case of a Milwaukee County supervisor accused of taking a bribe.
This trial centers around whether former Milwaukee County Supervisor Johnny Thomas accepted money for placing a bid for a contract on a committee agenda.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Lacey Crisp reports that the district attorney's office opened testimony Tuesday by explaining how, and by whom items can be put on a county agenda.
"It is up to the chairman to put the items on or delete them," explained committee clerk Carol Mueller.
The prosecution is arguing that Thomas sat on a contract for months, and only acted on it after he was given $500.
Thomas was given the money on December 6 as a part of a John Doe investigation, and the board meeting was on December 8.
But the defense argues it was a county department, not Thomas, that held up the contract.
The trial is expected to last all week.
Thomas is accused of two felonies: Accepting a bribe in public office and misconduct in public office. Click here to read more about the charges against Johnny Thomas.