Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger takes conspiracy allegations to federal court
Spranger says county officials have broad conspiracy to force her out of office
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – Embattled Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger is taking her fight to federal court after claiming there's a broad conspiracy to force her out of office.
Spranger filed a lawsuit saying county officials are conspiring to force her out of her position and violating her constitutional rights.
Macomb County went head-to-head with Spranger in federal court and she represented herself. Both Spranger and the judge acknowledged she was in over her head.
The county was hoping for an immediate dismissal, but Spranger made another legal move Tuesday morning. In court, Judge George Steeh asked Spranger several specific questions about the lawsuit, including what constitutional rights were being violated.
Spranger told the judge the budget was taken out of her hands when she didn't get it in on time, and the planned move to a new building caused her office to sink into dysfunction -- both actions by the county executive.
While he didn't make a decision, the judge made it clear the court is not in a position to interfere with previous state decisions, which Spranger wants him to reverse.
You can watch Jason Colthorp's full story in the video posted above.
Full coverage of Karen Spranger
March 13, 2017: Spranger seeks lawyer for court battle with Hackel
June 28, 2017: Spranger's employees working in fear after security removed
Sept. 22, 2017: Spranger accused of moving, hiding computers overnight
Sept. 28, 2017: Judge rules against Spranger in 'toxic work environment' case
Oct. 25, 2017: Spranger caught on video covering up court order
Nov. 9, 2017: Spranger fails to meet judges' backlog deadline
Nov. 21, 2017: Union files motion to hold Spranger in contempt of court
Nov. 29, 2017: Contempt of court hearing held for Spranger
Nov. 30, 2017: Spranger appears before Board of Commissioners
Nov. 30, 2017: Spranger grilled over massive backlog in her office
Dec. 11, 2017: Judge hears arguments on Spranger's firing of employees
Jan. 8, 2018: Spranger puts Macomb County hiring on hold
Jan. 31, 2018: Attorney for Spranger says register of deeds threatened him
Feb. 27, 2018: Spranger takes conspiracy allegations to federal court
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