Judge charged with crimes in her own divorce case

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A Livingston County judge already facing allegations of misconduct has been charged with committing perjury and destroying evidence in her divorce case.

The attorney general’s office filed charges Thursday against Judge Theresa Brennan. State police say she lied during a deposition about erasing data from her iPhone shortly after her ex-husband filed for divorce in 2016.

A message seeking comment was left with Brennan’s attorney. It’s not clear when she’ll appear in court.

Separately, Brennan is accused of unethical acts that could lead to her removal from the bench. The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission says Brennan used staff to perform personal services and failed to disclose a relationship with a police officer during a murder case.

A special master heard evidence in October and will write an opinion.