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DFL Sen. Mitchell's lawyer says felony burglary charge won't be resolved for months

Minnesota Senate ethics panel set new hearing for July 25

State Sen. Nicole Mitchell, DFL-Woodbury, sat silently in the front row Wednesday as her lawyer informed an ethics panel that her first-degree burglary case would take months to resolve and that she may plead not guilty next month.

The four-person Senate ethics subcommittee, chaired by Senate President Bobby Joe Champion, DFL-Minneapolis, met for about 10 minutes before taking no action other than setting the next hearing for July 25 at 11 a.m.

At the urging of the two Republicans on the subcommittee, Sen. Jeremy Miller of Winona and Andrew Mathews of Princeton, the panel left open the option of meeting sooner if the police body-camera footage of Mitchell's April arrest becomes available. Conservative website Alpha News has asked Becker County District Court Judge Gretchen Thilmony to release the footage quickly. The judge has yet to make a decision.


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