No charges against District Court Judge Geddis for campaign materials

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There won’t be any criminal charges against Livingston County 53rd District Court Judge L. Suzanne Geddis.

Geddis is running for the newly created 44th Circuit Court judgeship, and complaints arose that her campaign materials implied that she was the incumbent because of the use of the word “judge.”

Michigan law says candidates can’t falsely claim incumbency by using words like “incumbent, re-elect, re-election,” or otherwise indicate, represent, or give the impression that a candidate for public office is the incumbent, when in fact the candidate is not the incumbent.

Vicki Fyke of Howell maintained that Geddis violated that law, and she requested Livingston County Prosecutor William Vailliencourt to investigate.

“I watch election integrity like a hawk,” Fyke wrote to Vailliencourt on Sept. 14. “I began investigating whether or not Ms. Geddis could use the word ‘Judge’ on her campaign advertisements to the public, giving the impression she was the incumbent in the race. My suspicions were confirmed when around July 23rd I began to see a sticker on many (not all) of the Geddis signs that added the word ‘District.’ Change means correction to me, so I began a deeper investigation. What I found out has shocked me and for that reason, I am requesting you to take action.”

Vailliencourt, citing conflicts of interest, referred the matter to the Michigan Attorney General; the AG referred it to the Ingham County Prosecutors Office, which reviewed the case and decided not to pursue charges.

Geddis faces attorney Dennis Brewer in the Nov. 6 election.

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