MIchigan Affair Could Lead to Jail
Former Michigan state Republican Representatives Courser and Gamrat could end up going to jail for their affair.
The Detroit News is reporting that Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette has issued arrest warrants for "former state Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat on felony charges of misconduct in office related to their failed attempts to cover up an extramarital affair that rocked the Capitol last summer".
According to the Courser arrest warrant, he faces the following charges:
A perjury charge for lying under oath while testifying before a special House committee about letting an aide forge his signature on a bill he wanted to file before other representatives could and three counts of misconduct in office for allegedly lying to the House Business Office, which investigated the two lawmakers; instructing his staff to forge his signature on bills; and asking House aide Ben Graham to send a fake email to Republicans across the state.
According to the Gamrat arrest warrant, she faces the following charges:
Two counts of misconduct in office, punishable by up to five years in prison or a $10,000 fine for each charge. Ms. Gamrat's misconduct charges are for giving false information to the House Business Office and instructing a staff member to forge her signature to speed up the filing of draft legislation.
If they are found guilty on all charges Mr. Courser is facing 30 years in jail and Ms. Gamrat is facing 10 years in jail.
Does that sound right to you, for covering up an affair?
Attorney General Schuette is quoted in the article stating:
This is our system of democracy and when you hold the public trust, and there’s questions of misconduct in office and that you lied under oath, I think those are serious. Those are real.
I understand what they did is wrong and possibly illegal but 10 and 30 years, have we not spent enough tax dollars on these two, should we really spend more via prison time.
Do you believe being expelled from office and embarrassed locally and nationally is enough?
They did break the law and if found guilty should they spend anytime in prison or just pay monetary fines?
Should we spend anymore of our tax dollars on these two or make them pay us via large fines?
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