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 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
"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 , 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 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.