Mayor Schmitt will not appear in court for scheduled hearing

Mayor Jim Schmitt
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt will not appear in court Wednesday for a scheduled hearing in his election fraud case.

Schmitt’s attorney Patrick Knight tells Action 2 News that he will appear on Schmitt’s behalf to schedule a new date for the initial appearance. Knight says an attorney can appear on a client’s behalf in misdemeanor cases.

Schmitt is accused of violating the state’s campaign finance laws while running for mayor between 2011 and 2015. A special investigator says he uncovered instances in which Schmitt’s campaign accepted donations over the legal limit and altered financial documents to get around the limit.

Schmitt has claimed any irregularities were not intentional, and he says he intends to continue serving as mayor of Green Bay.

The special prosecutor announced Schmitt intends to plead guilty to the misdemeanors as part of a plea agreement. He would avoid jail time and probation, but be forced to dissolve his campaign committee and donate $26,000 of the excess donations to the School Fund.

Action 2 News will continue to update this developing story.