Ex-Macomb County clerk Karen Spranger files appeal with handwritten letter
Spranger claims she was denied right to jury trial
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – Embattled former Macomb County clerk Karen Spranger made an interesting move not only filing for an appeal but doing it with a handwritten letter.
It's just the latest chapter in this story of Spranger's trouble in Macomb County.
"It has been a total nightmare for every department that had to deal with her. It's really very sad," said Macomb County employee Polly Helzer.
Spranger has had many battles with her employees and the county administration, but that wasn't what got her removed from the county clerk's seat. Instead it was an abandoned home with no utilities that Spranger claimed was where she was living when she filed to run for office.
A judge didn't believe that story at all and ultimately ordered Spranger removed from her county job.
Spranger had nothing to say as she struggled to get out of the county garage. Her access card already was deactivated. The county is ready to start fresh.
"We know that there is an immediate removal with that writ. She is to be removed from office and pending some kind of appeal, if she decides to do that, she is no longer the clerk here in Macomb County," said County Executive Mark Hackel.
Now that appeal is a realitly. Her handwritten document was sent to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In her appeal she claims she was denied her right to a jury trial.
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
March 27, 2018: Spranger to be removed from office immediately, judge says
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