March 3, 2011
Former Chief Drug Prosecutor Will Become Inmate
DetroitNews.com has a story today about a former Wayne County chief drug prosecutor's guilty plea to a charge of misconduct in office:
[The former prosecutor], [a] Wayne County Circuit Judge...and two Inkster police officers were accused of illegally hiding the identity of a paid informer who led police to bust a Downriver bar owner with more than 100 pounds of cocaine. The four were charged almost two years ago by Mike Cox, then Michigan's attorney general.
The case was delayed by exhaustive appeals that reached the Michigan Supreme Court, but pressure built this week when the Inkster drug investigators...took plea bargains in which all of their felony charges were dismissed.
Both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of neglect of duty and agreed to testify against their former co-defendants — [the former prosecutor and the judge], who is set to go on trial in May on a single count of misconduct in office.
Felony misconduct carries a maximum sentence of up to five years, but the prosecutor's recommendation of a six-month sentence for [the former prosecutor] was accepted Wednesday by Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny, who will sentence and immediately send [her] to the Wayne County Jail on March 28.
"Jail time was a requirement for us because she was the ringleader in a case that has permanently scarred our criminal justice system," said John Sellek, spokesman for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. "This should send the message that no one is above the law, especially those charged with upholding our laws."
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