- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The leader of the Michigan Senate says a senator facing criminal charges should give “serious consideration” to whether or not he can still serve his constituents.

Republican Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s spokeswoman Amber McCann said Tuesday that the charges against Virgil Smith are “very serious.”

Her statement came after Democratic Minority Leader Jim Ananich said Smith had been removed from his committees and relieved of his “caucus responsibilities.” The 35-year-old Smith is a Democrat.

He faces felonious assault, domestic violence and other charges on accusations he shot his ex-wife’s car during a domestic dispute early Sunday at his Detroit home.

The Michigan Constitution prohibits lawmakers from serving if they are convicted of a felony “involving a breach of public trust.”

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