Ex-Macomb judge found dead in home, suicide suspected

September 14, 2019, 5:50 AM

Former 39th District Court Judge Catherine Steenland was found dead in her home Thursday. Media sources are reporting it as a suspected death by suicide.

Former Macomb judge Catherine Steenland (Court photo)

Steenland, who was 52, left the bench earlier this summer. 

Last fall, she pleaded no contest in connection with a 2017 hit-and-run accident in Roseville, where Steenland lived. In 2008, she was arrested for driving under the influence. 

A longtime friend, Beth Cassidy, told the Freep:

"She was a cheerleader in high school and was always so bubbly and giddy and bouncy and just a nice person to be around," Cassidy said.

When Cassidy saw Steenland at a high school reunion in Grosse Pointe five years ago, she said Steenland was almost unrecognizable.

"I’m not going to sugarcoat this, she had a problem with alcohol," Cassidy said. "She was very, very drunk that night and did not look like herself — like the person I remembered."

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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