© 2024 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Senator Smith Arraigned On Three Felony Charges

mprn jake neher

State Senator Virgil Smith has been charged with multiple gun and assault felonies.

He’s accused of hitting his ex-wife and shooting into her car.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

In Lansing, Senate leaders responded by quickly stripping the Detroit Democrat of his committee assignments and other official responsibilities.

Spokesperson Amber McCann says Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhoff also thinks it may be time for Smith to call it quits.    

   “These are very serious charges,” she says.  “Senator Meekhoff would hope Senator Smith would give serious consideration for his ability to still serve his constituents.”

Smith, a Detroit Democrat, was re-elected last year. It’s been 14 years since a Michigan legislator has been expelled.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
Journalism at this station is made possible by donors who value local reporting. Donate today to keep stories like this one coming. It is thanks to your generosity that we can keep this content free and accessible for everyone. Thanks!