A former high-ranking aide has been sentenced to probation for her role in an election scandal that ended the congressional career of Thaddeus McCotter.
Mary Turnbull was accused of asking someone to sign as the circulator on a McCotter petition last year, although that person didn't actually collect the names.
Oakland County Judge Leo Bowman says cases like Turnbull's can erode the public's confidence in elections. Turnbull apologized Tuesday. She pleaded no contest to two crimes in May.
McCotter, a Livonia Republican, didn't qualify for the 2012 election after aides failed to turn in enough valid signatures. Turnbull and three more McCotter assistants were charged with crimes.
Turnbull didn't live in McCotter's district and believed she couldn't collect signatures. That's why another person signed as the circulator.