Judge seals report in Soderquist case

2014-04-21T20:15:00Z 2014-05-23T11:03:06Z Judge seals report in Soderquist caseTimes Staff nwitimes.com
April 21, 2014 8:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | The public will not be allowed to view the pretrial bond report on indicted Lake Station Mayor Keith Soderquist.

Soderquist, 44, his wife, Deborah Soderquist, 55, and the mayor's stepdaughter, Miranda Brakley, 33, were each released on a $20,000 unsecured bond last week after pleading not guilty to a total of 15 criminal charges spanning two public corruption indictments.

The court, however, ruled the public or other defendants would not be allowed to see Keith Soderquist's pretrial bond report, which typically contains background information in helping the judge set bail such as any past criminal history that may exist.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Martin also imposed some additional conditions on the bond. The Soderquists are not allowed to travel outside the U.S. District Court of Indiana without communicating their whereabouts to federal probation officers, surrender any weapons to a third party, and not visit any casinos.

In one indictment, Keith and Deborah Soderquist each face charges of pocketing money from the city's food pantry and the mayor's re-election campaign, in part for gambling at Indiana and Michigan casinos. A second federal indictment alleges the couple knew the mayor's stepdaughter, Brakley, stole at least $5,000 from the Lake Station City Court and helped her conceal the theft.

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