Wells, Sonnleitner plead not guilty, file to dismiss charges

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Two former UW Oshkosh officials pleaded not guilty Monday to accusations of misconduct in office and asked that the charges against them be dismissed.

The officials, former Chancellor Richard Wells and former Vice Chancellor Thomas Sonnleitner, have been accused of abusing their authority by entering into loan guarantees on behalf of the UW Oshkosh Foundation.

They were released on $10,000 signature bonds.

In a court filing a lawyer for Wells said that the charges did not include “sufficient facts to establish probable cause” and were unconstitutionally vague.

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Photo: Lawyers Steve Biskupic and Raymond Dall’Osto lead their clients, Richard Wells and Thomas Sonnleitner, out of court.

 

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Miles Maguire is the author of Advanced Reporting: Essential Skills for 21st Century Journalism. He was the founding editor of the Oshkosh Community News Network, a nonprofit online news organization whose work was cited as a notable innovation in journalism in the 2005 Knight-Batten Awards. Send questions, comments and suggestions to miles.maguire@yahoo.com.

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