Probe of Michigan lawmaker's party switch nearly up
Rep. Roy Schmidt's switch to GOP last May came under scrutiny when he offered money to political novice to run as Democrat against him
A grand jury is nearing a deadline on whether to charge anyone with crimes in a Grand Rapid lawmaker's party switch.
A judge is the lone grand juror in the probe that also involves the role of Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger.
Rep. Roy Schmidt's switch to the GOP last May came under scrutiny when he offered money to a political novice to run as a Democrat against him. Democrats say Bolger possibly conspired to obstruct justice, though a prosecutor said no crimes were committed.
Ingham County judges agreed to Democrats' grand jury request on Aug. 27, which means the investigation could end as early as Wednesday. It's unclear exactly when the six months are up, though, because the process is secret.
The judge could decide to extend her probe.
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