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McKinney deal may be in works, news service to report

Published: Tuesday June 6, 2006

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Federal prosecutors investigating the confrontation between Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia and a Capitol police officer have been talking privately with McKinney's office in hopes of resolving the case without the spectacle of an indictment and trial, officials familiar with the talks tell the COX NEWS SERVICE for Wednesday papers. Excerpts:


Prosecutors for several weeks have been carrying on confidential discussions with the DeKalb County Democrat in what they characterized as an effort to reach a plea agreement, even as they were presenting evidence in the March 29 incident to a grand jury, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The grand jury has not yet decided whether McKinney should be charged, an official familiar with the proceedings said, and no decision is expected this week. Prosecutors subpoenaed at least six witnesses to appear before the grand jury over the last two months.

McKinney's office rejected suggestions that there had been discussions of a plea agreement, saying the congresswoman has not been charged with anything and may never be, so there's no plea to negotiate.

"At this time, I have no comment as I am unaware of any 'legal case' regarding Ms. McKinney and [the] March 29 incident," William Moffitt, one of McKinney's lawyers, said in an e-mailed statement to COX NEWS.