AG Nessel Takes Verbal Shot At Todd Courser After Plea Deal
If legal world were a football game, you might call this piling on, but Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel did put a bow on the package, as former Representative Todd Courser plead no-contest to "Willful Neglect of Duty by a Public Officer".
Said Nessel: "“Today’s decision by Todd Courser to plead no-contest to a one-year misdemeanor may be the wisest decision he has made in years. This case has had a long, torturous history and his decision to acknowledge responsibility for his actions is long overdue.”
Courser and fellow former state representative Cindy Gamrat (who now goes by Cindy Bauer) admitted to an affair and then weren't very forthcoming about it. As is usually the case, the cover-up is worse than the crime.
In a press release from the Attorney General's office, it said
"Courser was initially charged with several felony counts in Ingham County. Following a preliminary exam in 2016, the Court ruled that the proper venue for the Misconduct in Office (soliciting a state employee to send out a false email) was Lapeer County and not Ingham. The Misconduct in Office was then charged in Lapeer in July 2016. The remaining charge of Perjury, currently still pending in Ingham County, will be dismissed upon sentencing of the Willful Neglect of Duty by a Public Officer."
Sentencing is slated for September 16th. Courser faces up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.