Judge recuses himself from Schmitt case

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt (Photo courtesy City of Green Bay)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) - The judge assigned to hear the case against Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has taken himself off the case.

Schmitt was charged Wednesday with three misdemeanor counts for allegedly violating campaign finance laws. He plans to plead guilty, according to the special prosecutor handling the case.

Judge Timothy Hinkfuss was randomly assigned to the case. He filed paperwork Wednesday to remove himself from it; neither the prosecutor or defense attorney requested the change.

Before moving to the circuit court bench in 2007, Hinkfuss was Green Bay's municipal judge - and his term overlapped with Mayor Schmitt's time in office.

A new judge has not been assigned to the case yet, the District Court Administrator's office tells FOX 11. It is possible a judge from outside Brown County could be assigned to the case.

No court dates have been set.

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