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No Trial For Former State Senate Leader

Former state Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Chvala has reached a deal with prosecutors.

It's in a case that accuses him of abusing the power of his office to shake down lobbyists for donations and run political campaigns.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan has scheduled a hearing this week to review the deal.

Chvala's office says both sides in the case indicate they've worked out a deal to resolve 19 felony charges pending against the former legislator. But they haven't specified the terms.

Chvala's trial had been scheduled to begin next week.

Milwaukee Assistant District Attorney David Feiss, who is leading the prosecution, has declined to comment other than to confirm that a plea hearing is scheduled tomorrow. Chvala's chief attorney, James Olson, has not yet returned a call from The Associated Press. And Chvala himself has not returned a call left at his law office.


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