Livingston Co. Judge has until Aug. 15 to respond to investigation

Posted at 12:54 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 12:54:26-04

Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan now has until Aug. 15 to respond to the Judicial Tenure case against her. In addition her hearing is set for Oct. 1. The master appointed to oversee the case is retired Wayne County Circuit Judge William Giovan.

The commission's amended complaint issued Monday now states that Brennan knowingly made false replies to JTC during its investigation last year.

Judge Brennan is accused of not revealing a personal relationship with a State Police detective who was the lead investigator in a murder case she presided over. She's also accused of other conflicts of interest, using her office for personal and campaign business and improper demeanor while on the bench.

She remains off the job, but is still getting paid. Her docket is being handled by other visiting judges.

The JTC could suspend or remove Brennan permanently from the bench. 

As the 7 Investigators first reported, retired judge Daniel Burress recently called for a Citizen's Grand Jury to investigate Brennan for perjury and obstruction of justice.  That is still pending with the state Court of Appeals.