Judicial panel recommends Livingston County judge's removal

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BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) -- A judicial watchdog agency has recommended the Michigan Supreme Court remove a Livingston County judge for misconduct.

The Judicial Tenure Commission on Thursday also asked the high court to order District Court Judge Theresa Brennan to pay costs, fees and expenses of more than $35,000 because of "her intentional representations and misleading statements" to the commission.

The agency found Brennan tampered with evidence in her own divorce case, lied under oath and failed to disclose her relationship with a Michigan State Police detective who was a witness during a murder trial before her.

Brennan was barred from hearing cases last June after the commission filed its formal complaint. She has continued to receive pay and benefits.

A message seeking comment was left for her attorney.