Michigan Lawmakers Face Campaign Charges

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Attorney General Mike Cox is charging a state lawmaker from Detroit with felony perjury because of alleged campaign finance violations.

Democratic Representative George Cushingberry Junior could be expelled from the House if convicted.

Cox also is charging Cushingberry and Representative LaMar Lemmons the Third with misdemeanor counts of failing to file campaign statements. Lemmons also is a Detroit Democrat.

Cox is a Republican. He says the charges concluded a five-month investigation. Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land referred the cases to Cox in March.

The felony charges carry a maximum five-year prison term and/or a $1,000 fine. The misdemeanor charges carry a maximum 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.