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

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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