Judge censured; called prosecutors ‘fool‘ and ‘cancer‘

By – Associated Press – Sunday, March 10, 2019

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) – The says a Jackson County judge was irresponsible for communicating privately with prosecutors in disputed cases and then vilifying prosecutors when they informed defense counsel.

In 2017, Judge sought briefing by lawyers on key issues in a few cases, a common practice in any court. But also emailed prosecutors and suggested they look at certain appeals court decisions as they prepared their briefs for him.

The judge didn’t tell defense lawyers what he had done.

held a hearing after prosecutors informed the defense. He called one prosecutor a “fool” and another a “cancer.”

In an order Friday, the censured the judge for misconduct. had no objection. His conduct reached the after an investigation by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission.

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