Judicial Tenure Commission looks to amend charges against Brennan

Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan

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The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission is amending the complaint against embattled 53rd District Court Judge Theresa M. Brennan to include the following charges: persistent failure to treat persons fairly or courteously; conduct clearly prejudicial to the administration of justice; and making false statements.

Brennan is currently facing charges of abusing her judicial power; and failing to disclose a personal relationship that constituted clear conflicts of interest in the wake of an affair with a Michigan State Police detective assigned to a lead position for a 2013 murder case eventually heard in Brennan’s courtroom.

Brennan previously maintained the affair with 1st Lt. Sean Furlong took place after the murder trial, but phone records later showed the two spoke on the phone nearly 40 times between the start of the trial and sentencing. As a result, missteps levied against Brennan include misrepresenting the details of that conflict while being questioned, violating professional standards becoming of a judge, egregious misconduct from the bench and misappropriating public resources for personal gain.

The additional charges come after testimony in the first phase of her hearing.

Brennan is currently being paid her annual salary of $135,000, and Livingston County is paying up to $100,000 for her defense, and paying for a visiting judge to hear her cases.

Brennan has denied all allegations.

The Michigan State Police are also investigating allegations including perjury, destruction of evidence, and the obstruction of justice.

You can read the amended complaint by clicking here.


 

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