The Latest: Michigan AG won’t appeal dismissal of charges


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case against two Michigan lawmakers who were forced from office in a sex scandal (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

The Michigan attorney general’s office is not planning to appeal a judge’s dismissal of criminal charges against a former state lawmaker who was expelled from office.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill Schuette said Tuesday his office looks forward to prosecuting ex-legislator Todd Courser. A Lansing judge ruled there’s not enough probable cause to charge Cindy Gamrat with felony misconduct in office.

He also tossed two charges against Courser while ordering him to stand trial on two other charges.

Courser has admitted to writing a false email that was sent as a ruse to hide his extramarital affair with Gamrat.

She was expelled by the Michigan House in September. Courser resigned rather than be kicked out.

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2:30 p.m.

A judge has dismissed charges against a former Michigan lawmaker while ordering another ex-legislator to stand trial after they were forced from office in a sex scandal.

Lansing District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. ruled Tuesday there’s not enough probable cause for tea party conservative Cindy Gamrat to face felony misconduct in office charges. But he said Republican former Rep. Todd Courser will go to trial on two of four counts.

Clarke tossed two other charges against Courser.

Gamrat became only the fourth legislator in state history to be expelled in September. Courser resigned.

Michigan’s attorney general accused them of lying during the legislative probe and having staff forge their signatures on draft legislation.