- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A judge on the Michigan appeals court has been charged with a misdemeanor for having a handgun in a carry-on bag at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

The gun was found in Judge Henry Saad’s bag on Feb. 21.

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy says other travelers caught with a gun have faced a similar charge. In a statement, she suggested it was an “unintentional” breach of airport security by Saad.

An email seeking comment from the judge was not immediately returned Monday.

The 68-year-old has been on the appeals court since 1994. Saad made news off the bench in 2013, when a watchdog group reported that he had donated about $81,000 to Republican candidates and causes in 2012.

He said he was exercising his First Amendment right.

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