Mich. AG must hand off prosecution of ex-judge

Mich. AG must hand off prosecution of ex-judge

DETROIT (AP) ? The Michigan appeals court says the state attorney general's office cannot handle the prosecution of a former judge who is charged with allowing perjury at a drug trial.

The attorney general's office must hand the case to someone else because it once defended Mary Waterstone in a civil lawsuit with similar allegations.

Waterstone is charged with four felonies for her role in a Wayne County drug trial in 2005. She's accused of allowing witnesses to lie.

Former prosecutor Karen Plants and two suburban police officers are also charged in the case. It's not clear how the court's decision will affect them. It was posted Thursday night.

Waterstone, now retired, wants the charges dismissed, but the appeals court did not address that issue.

Published: Mon, Mar 8, 2010