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Judge dismisses charges against Gamrat; Courser to stand trial

Former state representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat.
images from Courser/Gamrat offices

Former state Representative Todd Courser will face trial on perjury and misconduct charges. At the same time, a judge dismissed criminal charges against former state Representative Cindy Gamrat.

The judge said the state’s case against Gamrat was simply too weak to go to trial.

The state has 21 days to appeal the decision, but Gamrat says she hopes this is the final word on the matter.

“I think I have a lot of mixed emotions,” Gamrat said after the hearing. “It’s been a really hard journey.”

Mike Nichols is Gamrat’s attorney. He hopes the judge’s decision to dismiss the charges is the final word on the matter.

“She’s got 21 days for the attorney general to appeal, and come 21 days, hopefully, we’re not going to see this corpse wink,” Nichols said.

Meanwhile, the judge will allow former Representative Todd Courser’s trial on perjury and official misconduct charges to go ahead. He did dismiss two other charges leveled against the disgraced ex-lawmaker.

Courser says he expects to beat the remaining two when the case goes to trial.

“We’re glad those two are gone. I’m happy for that. It’s been a long road,” he said. “Obviously, this has been – Now I’ve spent and dealt with this for longer than I was in office.”  

Courser and Gamrat were forced out of office last year in the wake of a sex-and-cover-up scandal. They have both threatened to sue the House over the way they were removed from office. 

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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