County lawmakers send letter to Supreme Court, demanding swift action on Brennan

The Michigan Supreme Court Building in Lansing.

They’re tired of waiting.

Livingston County’s three state legislators have sent a strongly worded letter to the Michigan Supreme Court, asking it to set a timetable for the Judicial Tenure Commission to wrap things up in the investigation of Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan.

The letter comes after Brennan was given an “indefinite” amount of time by the Judicial Tenure Commission to respond to the allegations against her.

That didn’t cut it for State Sen. Joe Hune (R-Fowlerville), State Rep. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and State Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Fowlerville). They say Livingston County’s residents are paying too much and have waited long enough for the case to be decided.

In the July 11 letter to Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman, the three lawmakers say “over the past 16 months, it has become abundantly clear that an extreme miscarriage of justice is occurring within our county.”

Hune, Theis and Vaupel wrote that they “implore the Michigan Supreme Court Justices set a firm deadline for the Judicial Tenure Commission to complete the formal investigation process and make a recommendation to the Michigan Supreme Court.”

The three lawmakers note that county residents have been paying for two judges to do the work of one person while the case drags on – a visiting judge has been hired to hear Brennan’s cases while she’s on paid leave.

Brennan has been under fire for more than a year for her actions in the 2013 murder trial of Jerome Kowalski, after it was revealed that Brennan – the presiding judge in the case – was having an affair with the lead investigator in the case, Michigan State Police Trooper Sean Furlong. Brennan contends the affair didn’t begin until the trial was over.

You can read the entire letter here: LETTER TO SUPREME COURT

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Longtime Livingston County journalist Buddy Moorehouse is director of communications at the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.

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