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Murder, Hidden Relationship, And Netflix: Judge Accused Of Misconduct In Office

A 66-page complaint filed against Theresa Brennan.

June 12, 2018 - 4:46 pm

BRIGHTON, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A lengthy complaint filed against a Michigan judge accused of misconduct in office. 

In a 66-page complaint filed with the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission Tuesday, Judge Theresa Brennan is accused of using staff to take care of personal business and of failing to disclose a relationship with a police officer during a murder case and soliciting a staff attorney to install Netflix.  

Brennan allegedly violated 27 different rules as it pertains to the court and state constitution. [READ COMPLAINT]

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.

According to the complaint Furlong made private visits to the judge's office, attended events, had meals with her and spent time at her cottage.  

In addition to the undisclosed relationship, Brennan's accused of using office staff to take care of shopping and other personal errands while being paid as a county employee.

The Michigan Supreme Court will appoint a master to conduct further proceedings and determine what, if any, discipline Brennan should face.