AdWatch GOP ad says Leyton denied family justice

TITLE: "Denied Justice."

LENGTH: 30 seconds.

AIRING: Began airing Wednesday on broadcast and cable stations statewide.

PAID FOR BY: Michigan Republican Party.

SCRIPT: Deb McIntosh: "Our son Adam was brutally murdered by drug dealer Horatio Brown and two other gang members.

"David Leyton promised he would prosecute those responsible.

"He promised us justice.

"Instead, he cut an outrageous plea deal with Brown and then he refused to press charges against the other two killers.

"David Leyton lied, tricked and conned us.

"Then, his office told us to get over it. How do you get over the death of your son?"

KEY IMAGES: The ad opens with the image of McIntosh holding a frame containing photographs of her son, Adam, who died June 11, 2006, at age 25 after being shot while attending a car cruise in Flint. After zooming in on the photos, the ad cuts to McIntosh talking about the case handled by the office of Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton, who now is the Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general.

The next image is a graffiti mural painted with the words "JUSTICE FOR ADAM OPIE McINTOSH," which is seen as Deb McIntosh continues to speak.

The ad cuts back to Deb McIntosh, and ends with white letters on a black background urging viewers to call Leyton at a telephone number for the county prosecutor's office and "tell him to stop denying justice to Michigan families."

ANALYSIS: McIntosh and her husband Dan appeared at a news conference last month with Bill Schuette, the Republican candidate for attorney general, where they made similar claims about Leyton's handling of the case.

Schuette, a former state Court of Appeals judge, has said he would reopen the case if elected attorney general.

Deb McIntosh said her family agreed to a plea deal proposed by Leyton under which Brown would plead guilty to manslaughter and charges would be brought against two others, but those charges never were filed.

Brown, now 25, is serving a sentence of 22 years and 6 months for manslaughter. His earliest release date is in 2018.

In 2008, on the two-year anniversary of Adam McIntosh's death, his family pressed for more charges. Leyton told The Flint Journal at the time that the prosecutor's office did everything it could in the case. He said after a recent debate with Schuette that the evidence didn't support bringing charges against the other two men.

The ad doesn't mention that Leyton is running for Michigan attorney general, nor does it mention Schuette. Its goal is not to promote the Republican candidate but to paint the Democratic one as someone voters won't want to choose.

Leyton has brought up cases in which he said Schuette, as a court of appeals judge, reduced the sentence of a man who raped his granddaughter on a technicality and threw out a murder confession.

Much of the work the state attorney general deals more with consumer protection and defending the state from lawsuits, not violent crime. But the candidates know fear of crime is a hot-button issue with voters, and both likely will continue criticizing each other's records.

Published: Wed, Oct 27, 2010