BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) A Livingston County judge is accused of misconduct in office, from using staff to perform personal services to failing to disclose a relationship with a police officer during a murder case.
The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a 66-page complaint Tuesday against Theresa Brennan.
Investigators say Brennan had 239 phone calls with state police Sgt. Sean Furlong over a 14-month period while Furlong was involved in a murder case in the judge's court. They acknowledged having an affair but insist it didn't start until after the trial.
The complaint says Furlong made many private visits to Brennan's office and attended sports events and meals with her.
The complaint says Brennan's secretary shopped for her online and ran personal errands on public time.
The judge is accused of sending a staff attorney to her home to stain her deck and install Netflix.
A message seeking comment was left at the court.
State Reps. Hank Vaupel and Lana Theis, as well as state Sen. Joe Hune, on Wednesday issued the following joint statement on the Judicial Tenure Commission’s formal complaint filed Tuesday against 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan:
“While we applaud the initial step the commission has taken against Judge Brennan, it falls short of the pressing action needed for residents in Livingston County. We vehemently encourage a petition be filed with the Michigan Supreme Court featuring a recommendation of immediate suspension while the official complaint process is proceeding. Judge Brennan’s troubling pattern of improper conduct has led to loss of public trust and her no longer being fit to serve as an elected official. Simply put – accountability is needed for voters and taxpayers in Livingston County. The path that has been laid out with this decision could very well result in a process lasting months, even years, while the judge remains on the bench. Once again, we call on Judge Brennan to step down and will work to ensure she is held accountable for her transgressions.”