Hune: ‘This charade must end!’
LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, has called for the resignation of Livingston County District Court Judge Theresa Brennan in a formal letter Friday.
Brennan has been mired in controversy since 2013. An ongoing investigation by the Judicial Tenure Commission into her professional and personal conduct has drawn criticism of Brennan’s behavior from constituents and local officials.
“I’m tired of the continual complaints that flood our office involving Judge Brennan’s antics inside and outside of the courtroom,” Hune said. “Our residents have been bullied far too long by her, and quite frankly I’m beyond sick of it.”
Brennan is being investigated for a conflict of interest violation on a 2013 court case and for misrepresenting the details of that conflict while being questioned. She is also under scrutiny for potentially violating professional standards becoming of a judge, egregious misconduct from the bench and allegedly misappropriating public resources for personal gain. A recent request for a grand jury investigation into Brennan’s behavior has also been made by retired Judge Daniel Burress.
“I hope that the ongoing investigations of Judge Brennan are proceeding with honesty and integrity, but the speed at which they are progressing is pathetic,” Hune said. “The Judicial Tenure Commission’s sloth speed and veil of secrecy are further weakening the confidence our citizens have in the judicial system. Judge Brennan should simply do the right thing and step down. Please end this miscarriage of justice!”
Should the Judicial Tenure Commission find wrongdoing in Brennan’s actions, they will make a recommendation for sanctions to the Michigan Supreme Court, which will decide on a penalty of censure, suspension or removal from office.