Michigan Supreme Court suspends judge but doesn’t stop pay

February 27, 2019

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Livingston County judge facing criminal charges and ethics violations has been suspended with pay by the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court suspended Theresa Brennan but didn’t stop her $143,000 salary. It’s not clear what work she’s been doing: Brennan’s caseload was yanked last June by the county’s chief judge.

The Judicial Tenure Commission, a watchdog agency over the judiciary, had requested that her salary be put in escrow.

Brennan is accused of perjury and destroying evidence in her divorce case. In the misconduct matter , she’s accused of many ethics violations in how she ran her office as well as for a relationship with a state police detective during a murder trial.

The ethics case is being presented by the staff of the Judicial Tenure Commission. Brennan says she’s a victim of sexism.