Motions heard in Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger residency hearing; decision expected in 2 weeks
Spranger lists Warren house as primary residence to run for clerk
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – Attorneys presented motions Monday in court regarding the residency of Karen Spranger in a hearing that could decide if the embattled Macomb County Clerk will continue serving.
Spranger has been at the center of several controversies over the last year.
A lawsuit was filed in August 2017 against the clerk questioning her residency, specifically where she lived as of April 2016 when she filed to run for office.
According to Macomb County officials, the home on Hudson Avenue in Warren was Spranger's primary address. Assessment records list Spranger as the owner. Neighbors said the home is overrun with raccoons. Deputies with the Macomb County Sheriff's Office went to survey the home in December 2017 as part of the lawsuit and investigators were forced to wear Hazmat suits due to the feces and clutter inside.
Two motions were presented before the court Monday.
If the county's motion is granted, there will be an automatic ruling that Spranger violated election laws in regards to her residency and opens the doors to perjury charges. The county would still need to take further steps to remove Spranger from office.
If Spranger's motion is granted, the case will be dismissed.
If neither motion is granted, the case will go to trial. A decision is expected in the next two weeks.
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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