Brennan to stand trial on charges of perjury, tampering with evidence, and misconduct

Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan. Image taken from

According to news reports, including this one in The Detroit News, after a preliminary examination, Genesee County District Court Judge David Guinn bound Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Theresa Brennan over for trial on charges of perjury, tampering with evidence, and misconduct in office that could land her in prison is she’s found guilty.

This comes as in a separate case, the Michigan Supreme Court is considering whether Brennan should be removed from the bench after the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission found she committed at least seven instances of misconduct that merited removal. Earlier this year, the JTC also recommended Brennan pay approximately $36,000 in costs and expenses for making misleading statements to the commission.

It’s been nearly two years since the Michigan State Police raided Brennan’s house and courtroom in the search for evidence related to her affair with Michigan State Police Det. Sean Furlong, who was the lead witness in a murder case over which Brennan was presiding.

Though she was removed from hearing cases last summer, the Supreme Court suspended her with full pay in February. Brennan is also facing criminal charges for perjury and destroying evidence; a hearing on those matters isn’t scheduled until Aug. 25.

Brennan is currently free on $30,000 bond.

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