LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, has been joined by state Reps. Hank Vaupel and Lana Theis in calling for the suspension or resignation of 53rd District Court Judge Theresa Brennan.
The three legislators issued a letter to the Judicial Tenure Commission Thursday calling for the suspension of Brennan while final adjudication of her misconduct is under consideration.
“The Judicial Tenure Commission’s report shows some truly offensive behavior by Judge Brennan,” Hune said. “Given the nature of her violations and the ongoing impacts to the court and to the district, we strongly encourage the commission to follow up with a formal petition to suspend Judge Brennan until the Michigan Supreme Court makes a decision.”
The Judicial Tenure Commission submitted a formal complaint against Brennan earlier this week that included numerous scathing and inflammatory indictments. The Michigan Supreme Court will ultimately decide on punitive action, but in the meantime Brennan still holds a seat on the district court.
Brennan has reportedly been removed from all cases by the authority of County Chief Judge Miriam Cavanaugh, but she has not been formally suspended from her duties.
“This could be a long, drawn-out process lasting months or even years,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “It’s not fair to the taxpayers and residents of our community that this judge remains on the bench while she is brought to answer for her actions.”
The legislators made an appeal directly to Brennan as well, calling for her to resign and put an end to the ongoing controversy.
“To maintain public trust in the judicial system in Livingston County, it is imperative that Judge Theresa Brennan step down immediately or be removed from the bench,” said Vaupel, R-Fowlerville. “Too many lives are being adversely affected by the current situation. People must be able to rely on a fair and impartial judicial system.”