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Evidentiary Hearing Ordered For Judge Accused Of Misconduct In Office

Murder, a hidden relationship, and Netflix

June 15, 2018 - 8:13 am

BRIGHTON (WWJ) - A former Wayne County judge will oversee hearings involving a complaint against a Brighton District Court Judge.

Judge William Giovan will act as special master and conduct an evidentiary hearing for Judge Theresa Brennan.

Earlier this week, the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a complaint of misconduct and other wrongdoing against Brennan. Among other things, the judge is accused of having a relationship with a Michigan State Police detective involved in a murder case that she was hearing. In addition, investigators claim Brennan's secretary shopped for her online and ran personal errands on public time. The judge also is accused of sending a staff attorney to her home to stain her deck and install Netflix.

Further hearings will be conducted before the Supreme Court decides what, if any, discipline Brennan should face.  

“The Court has the utmost confidence in Judge Giovan’s ability to handle this matter with fairness and expedition on behalf of the people of Livingston County and the people of Michigan,” Chief Justice Stephen J. Markman said in a statement. 

Several legislators have called for Brennan's resignation. Brennan allegedly violated 27 different rules as it pertains to the court and state constitution. [READ COMPLAINT]

She's accused of misconduct in office, misusing her office for personal advantage or gain, failing to maintain high standards of conduct, failing to respect and follow the law, and allowing social and other relationships to influence her conduct or judgment.

Brennan has not issued a statement. Her caseload has been reassigned until further notice.