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Michigan Supreme Court Votes Judge Off The Bench

Theresa Brennan
Livingston County

The Michigan Supreme Court has removed Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan from the bench. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us the court found Brennan is liable for misconduct that reflected poorly on the judicial system.

This drama of law and romance has played out for a little m more than a year now, since the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a complaint against Brennan.

It says the judge presided over a murder case that was investigated by a detective with whom she’d had a relationship. The complaint also says she was improperly involved with her own divorce case.

Brennan says her affair with the detective did not begin until after the trial. The state Supreme Court order not only removes Brennan from the bench, it also says she cannot serve as a judge for at least six years.

Brennan still faces criminal charges of perjury and destroying evidence.

If convicted, her law license would be in jeopardy, and she would be unable to serve as a judge regardless.

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.
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