Former State Sen. agrees to have law license suspended

Sep 24, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Former state Sen. Brenda Council has agreed to a temporary suspension of her law license as she awaits a disciplinary hearing.

An ethics complaint against Council was filed with the Nebraska Supreme Court's Counsel for Discipline after she pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of abusing public records. She admitted to using campaign funds to gamble at casinos but didn't report the expenditures or deposits on her campaign finance reports.

Earlier this month she pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge stemming from her use of campaign cash to gamble at casinos in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend probation for the Omaha attorney when she's sentenced on Dec. 5.

The state Supreme Court could disbar Council.

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