Courser pleads no contest to misdemeanor

    Todd Courser

    The long legal saga of disgraced former state Rep. Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) appears to have come to an end. 

    Attorney General Dana Nessel | Susan J. Demas

    Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Wednesday evening that Courser pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor crime of willful neglect of duty by a public officer, which is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of not more than $1,000. Courser will be sentenced Sept. 16 in Lapeer County Circuit Court. 

    A felony charge of perjury will be dismissed. 

    “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,” Nessel said in a statement. “This case has had a long, torturous history and his decision to acknowledge responsibility for his actions is long overdue.”

    A brief history of Michigan lawmakers behaving badly

    Courser, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, resigned from the House in 2015, just before he would have been expelled. Fellow state House member, Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainell), with whom Courser was having an affair, was expelled. 

    Earlier in 2015, the Detroit News first reported on Courser and Gamrat’s ongoing affair and how they used their state offices to cover up that affair. 

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.

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