- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The campaign scandal that forced a Detroit-area congressman out of office in 2012 has reached the Michigan Supreme Court.

The court is hearing arguments Thursday in the case against Paul Seewald, who was a top aide to U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter, a Livonia Republican.

McCotter was scratched from the Republican primary ballot when many petition signatures turned out to be bogus. He quit Congress in 2012 with a few months left in his term.

Seewald pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor but a judge dismissed felony charges. The Supreme Court appeal by the attorney general centers on technical aspects of law. Justices are looking at whether Seewald committed a legal act in an illegal manner.

There was no evidence that McCotter knew about the fraudulent petitions.

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