APPLETON, Wis. (WTAQ) - The son of an Appleton judge is expected to enter pleas Tuesday to charges that he fired a gun into the air outside his house in December. It’s the latest incident involving 35-year-old Michael Froehlich of Appleton. He’s scheduled to go on trial in late June in Outagamie County for 3 counts of illegal telephone use by threats and obscenities, and 3 other charges of disorderly conduct. They’re connected with incidents in late 2006 and last February. Froehlich is also charged in Menominee County with 2 counts of disorderly conduct in an incident at his father’s cabin in late 2008.
Most of the charges were filed last June, after newspapers in Appleton and Madison reported a mix-up by a special prosecutor that allowed Froehlich to escape those charges until now. Michael Froehlich is the son of Outagamie County Circuit Judge Harold Froehlich. Winnebago County Circuit Judge Scott Woldt is hearing the Appleton case that’s about to go to trial. 3 judges have gone in and out of the December gun case, one by a conflict and another because the defendant asked for a substitute. Fond du Lac Judge Richard Ness is hearing that case now.