A suburban Detroit judge has been ordered to check with prosecutors before dismissing or deferring sentences in some cases including those involving domestic violence.
Novi District Court Judge Brian MacKenzie on Thursday also was ordered as part of the ruling by Circuit Court Judge Colleen O'Brien to provide prosecutors with a list of some cases that he has dismissed since 2004.
Document: Ruling on Novi Judge Brian MacKenzie
O'Brien's ruling said that it's "undisputed that Judge MacKenzie has given illegal sentences."
Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper had sued last year, saying that MacKenzie improperly handed some cases. MacKenzie denied wrongdoing.
A statement from MacKenzie's lawyer David Timmis said there was "absolutely no finding or suggestion that he attempted to conceal any criminal proceedings."
"Judge MacKenzie has now had an opportunity to review the full text of the Opinion and Order issued by the Honorable Colleen O’Brien. He is pleased to note that despite the allegations of the Prosecutor’s Office, there was absolutely no finding or suggestion that he attempted to conceal any criminal proceedings. Further, Judge MacKenzie looks forward to working with the Prosecutor’s Office to address any concerns relating to notice or scheduling of hearings."