Michigan judge tosses case for ex-lawmaker in sex scandal
Jun 15 2016
A Lansing judge ruled there's not enough probable cause to charge Cindy Gamrat with felony misconduct in office.
A lawyer for Gamrat, Mike Nichols, said the charges against his client stem from a house investigation that arose from a political dispute.
Former state representative, Todd Courser, on the other hand, has bigger fish to fry, as he faces trial on a perjury charge and misconduct in office, for the weird cover up of his extra-marital affair with Cindy Gamrat.
"The attorney general's office has now decided it will not appeal the judge's decision as it relates to Ms. Gamrat", he said.
In a recording uncovered last August, Courser said he wanted his 25-year-old office worker to send an email about himself to Republican operatives, alleging that he had been caught having sex with a male prostitute behind a Lansing nightclub.
Courser expressed confidence that he would prevail at trial, calling the remaining allegations - that he ordered staff to forge his signature on draft legislation and then lied about it to a legislative disciplinary committee that was investigating the email cover-up - the "weakest" brought by state Attorney General Bill Schuette.
On Tuesday, Ingham County Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. split the two apart and former state representatives Cindy Gamrat is now off the hook.
"I think I have a lot of mixed emotions; it's been a really hard journey", Gamrat told reporters following the decision.
"It didn't take place here in my jurisdiction", said Clarke, who also dismissed a charge that Courser gave false information during the House investigation.
"Its been a long road", Courser said, noting he's dealt with the aftermath of the scandal for longer than he was in office.
Meaning what for House Speaker Kevin Cotter? He was elected to represent the 82nd district in November 2014 to September 2015, when he resigned from the House.
Courser has admitted to writing a false email that was sent as a ruse to hide his extramarital affair with Gamrat.
Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat no longer smiling.
An investigation by the House Business Office, ordered by Cotter, found that Courser and Gamrat engaged in "deceptive, deceitful and outright dishonest conduct", and also accused the two of directing their staff to facilitate their affair and blurring the lines between official and political work.
Gamrat, who turns 43 on Wednesday, became only the fourth legislator in state history to be expelled.