UPDATE: No Decision From Supreme Court On Curt Johnson Child Sex Assault Case
Parties are still waiting to hear whether the Supreme Court will accept the case on appeal. The two sides have asked for a ruling on issues surrounding the victim's medical records and testimony.
With the child sex assault case against Racine billionaire Curt Johnson on hold, pending a decision by the state Supreme Court, the parties talked Friday to get a general status update of the case.
During the conference call between Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz and the attorneys from both sides, Gasiorkiewicz said the Supreme Court judges have not made a decision on the matter and scheduled another status conference for July 20.
On June 8, Gasiorkiewicz agreed the case should be halted until the Supreme Court makes its decision. The Attorney General, on behalf of the prosecution, filed a petition for review with the state's highest court, after the Court of Appeals ruled the alleged victim could uphold her claim to privacy and not turn over her medical records.
"We can't proceed with anything substantive until the Supreme Court makes a determination on hearing the case or not," Gasiorkiewicz said earlier this month.
The high court was to have met Tuesday for its last determination session before recess in July and August. It is unclear if the Johnson case was discussed, but information may become available at the conference call Friday.
The case against Johnson was to have gone to trial April 23, but Gasiorkiewicz granted the state's request for a continuance because of trouble securing witnesses. Later that same day, the Court of Appeals issued a stay
Johnson was charged on March 24, 2011 with first-degree sexual assault of the same child for having inappropriate contact with a young girl several times over a number of years. Since then, he pleaded not guilty and was released on $500,000 bail.
One of the billionaire heirs of the SC Johnson family, Johnson ran Diversey, Inc. until Feb. 2010. At that time, he stepped down citing personal problems, and his sister, Helen Johnson-Leopold, took the reins. If convicted, Johnson faces up to 40 years in prison.