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Judge Tied To Affair With Cop Is Charged With Misconduct By Tenure Commission

June 12, 2018, 4:47 PM Detroit Free Press

Judge Theresa Brennan (Screenshot from WXYZ video)

Livingston County District Judge Theresa Brennan is in big trouble.

The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a complaint Tuesday against Brennan, accusing her of misconduct, alleging she failed to disclose her relationship to a State Police sergeant, failed to disqualify herself from some cases and lied to investigators who questioned her, John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Brennan's actions constitute a "pattern of misconduct in violation of the code of judicial ethics," wrote Lynn Helland, a former federal prosecutor, who heads up the Tenure Commission.

Brennan did not return a phone message left with her secretary seeking comment, the Freep reports, adding:

Brennan has been under fire for more than year, since she acknowledged in a divorce deposition that she had an affair with State Police Sgt. Sean Furlong, who was the lead investigator in a murder trial she was hearing.

Brennan insists the affair began after the January 2013 trial of Jerome Kowalski was over, though text messages show she and Furlong were communicating after-hours while the trial was ongoing.

The judge now has 14 days to respond, and could face a trial before the Tenure Commission, which recommends discipline. The Michigan Supreme Court makes the final decision on discipline.


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