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Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan to be arraigned on charges

Judge Theresa Brennan
Judge Theresa Brennan

HOWELL, Mich. – Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan is expected to be arraigned on charges Tuesday after the the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a 66-page complaint. 

Brennan is accused of misconduct in office, from using staff to perform personal services to failing to disclose a relationship with a police officer during a murder case. 

Investigators say Brennan had 239 phone calls with state police Sgt. Sean Furlong over a 14-month period while Furlong was involved in a murder case in the judge’s court. They acknowledged having an affair but insist it didn't start until after the trial.

The complaint says Furlong made many private visits to Brennan’s office and attended sports events and meals with her.

The complaint says Brennan’s secretary shopped for her online and ran personal errands on public time. The judge is accused of sending a staff attorney to her home to stain her deck and install Netflix.

On Tuesday, Brennan is expected to be arraigned on charges including perjury, tampering with or destroying evidence and misconduct in office. If convicted, she could be removed from the bench. 


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