Former Ald. Michael McGee may very well be a crook and a thief. He may even have conspired to have someone beat up.
It is still time to let him out of jail to await trial.
He has been in jail since last May, unconvicted of any crime. Federal defendants who do things far, far more violent than McGee is alleged to have done are allowed bail or are sent home on electronic monitoring.
Is there something we don't know about McGee's case that makes him a true threat to the community? Then the feds ought to tell us.
Right now, though, holding McGee without bail seems like government vindictiveness at its worst.
McGee may well be a crook.
Don't make him a martyr.