High court won’t suspend Livingston County judge’s pay

Judge Theresa Brennan leaves 53d District Court in Howell Tuesday after being arraigned on charges of perjury and tampering with evidence, via video with Judge David Guinn in 67th District Court in Flint. (Photo: Dale G. Young, The Detroit News) Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan will continue to receive pay and benefits without hearing any cases, despite calls to suspend her pay.

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday that a petition to suspend the judge’s salary would not be considered because it came from the deputy executive director for the Judicial Tenure Commission and not the commission itself.

The petition came in mid-January in the midst of state ethics proceedings in connection with the allegations that the Livingston County district court judge had a close relationship with a Michigan State Police investigator who was a key witness in a murder case over which the judge presided.

In December, the commission’s fact finder issued a 22-page opinion alleging that Brennan had committed judicial misconduct when she failed to disclose her relationship with MSP Detective Sean Furlong during the 2013 murder trial of Jerome Kowalski.

Brennan, who was charged with perjury and tampering with evidence by the attorney general’s office, has been barred from hearing […]

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