Rep. Scott Muschany was indicted by a grand jury in the Capitol's home of Cole County and now faces up to seven years in prison and a fine of $20,000. Some fellow House Republicans, Gov. Matt Blunt and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder have suggested Muschany should resign, even though he is not seeking re-election in November.
Rep. Bob Dixon, one of the House leaders who has called for Muschany to step down, said that the charges are serious and a grand jury indictment has a lot more weight behind it than a mere allegation.
"The process of justice has to work and that's all well and good, but elected officials are guardians for the public trust and should be beyond reproach," said Dixon, R-Springfield.
As noted Saturday in The Turner Report, Muschany's arraignment, which was originally scheduled for today, has been postponed until Monday, Sept. 22.