Still getting paid: Brennan’s fate on hold until late June as Supreme Court schedules hearing

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It’s been almost two years since State Police raided her house and courtroom, but disgraced Livingston County 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan won’t be officially out of office anytime soon.

The Michigan Supreme Court scheduled a hearing for June 19 to hear a petition from the Judicial Tenure Commission that Brennan should be removed from office. The JTC recommended earlier this month that Brennan be removed from office for a litany of charges, including perjury, destroying evidence and refusing to recuse herself from hearing her own divorce case.

Brennan continues to collect full pay and benefits, including a salary of $143,844.

She was removed from hearing cases last summer, and in February, the Supreme Court suspended her with full pay.

The disgraced judge is also facing criminal charges for perjury and destroying evidence, but a hearing on those matters isn’t scheduled until Aug. 25. Brennan is currently free on $30,000 bond.

The case has been dragging on for almost two years, since Michigan State Police raided her courtroom in May 2017, looking for evidence related to her affair with State Police Det. Sean Furlong, the lead witness in a murder trial Brennan was presiding over.

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