The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board announced on Dec. 19, 2019, that the law license of former Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan was suspended as of Dec. 3, 2019, after she pleaded guilty to a single charge of perjury.
In exchange for her plea, the Michigan Attorney General’s Office dropped charges of tampering with evidence and misconduct in office.
(You can read why the Brennan case is the biggest political scandal ever in Livingston County history by clicking here.)
Brennan was removed by the Michigan Supreme Court from her seat on Livingston County’s 53rd District Court in June. The removal came after charges of judicial misconduct were heard by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, which found that she failed to disclose relationships with the lead investigator on a murder case over which she was presiding, as well as an attorney who appeared before her; that she tampered with evidence in her own divorce case; that she lied under oath; that she ordered employees to perform personal errands for her during work hours; and that she was “persistently impatient, undignified, and discourteous” in her courtroom.
Sentencing is set for Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, and under the plea agreement, Brennan is facing no more than six months in jail; the original charge of perjury is a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.