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State senator calls on Livingston County judge to resign

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Troubles are mounting for a Livingston County judge accused of unethical behavior. 

Theresa Brennan is being investigated by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission for, among other things, allegedly hiding her affair with the lead investigator in a murder case over which she was presiding.  

A retired judge, Daniel Burress, who before his retirement was the chief judge of the Livingston County District Court, has requested a grand jury to review her behavior.

She is being sued by a court administrator for harassment and retaliation.

And there are numerous citizen complaints about her allegedly unfair and belligerent behavior.

State Sen. Joe Hune, R-Fowlerville, says it's time for her to go.

"Pack up and resign," he says his letter to Brennan says. "Our community's tired of it, there's a black eye in the judicial system and our community, and we need to get past this."

Brennan has been under investigation by the Judicial Tenure Commission for more than a year. Hune says he understands there is a process, but the situation requires faster action.

Brennan did not respond to an interview request.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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