- Associated Press - Thursday, June 14, 2018

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) - A former Detroit-area judge will hear evidence against a Livingston County judge who is accused of misconduct.

William Giovan was appointed Thursday as special master in the ethics matter against Theresa Brennan. The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission filed a complaint against her this week, and her fellow judges subsequently suspended her from hearing any cases.

Brennan is accused of failing to disclose a personal relationship with a state police officer during a murder case. She’s also accused of using staff to perform personal duties for her on county time.

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The complaint says she failed to disqualify herself from cases involving friends or court staff.

Brennan hasn’t publicly responded to the 66-page complaint. It could ultimately lead to her removal from the bench.

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