Michigan State Police executed a search warrant and seized computers from District Judge Theresa Brennan’s courtroom Wednesday afternoon, reports the Livingston, Mich., Daily. A plainclothes trooper entered the building at 3:45 p.m., flashed a badge and announced to the sheriff’s deputy working security that he had a search warrant for the judge’s chambers. A witness said the judge hurried out a rear door and drove off. The raid has the effect of closing down the court for business.
Brennan has been under scrutiny since her divorce proceedings revealed she had an affair with state police Lieutenant Sean Furlong, who was the lead detective during a 2013 double murder trial Brennan presided over. The pair admitted to the affair, but both testified in depositions in the divorce proceedings that the relationship began after the trial. An attorney for Jerome Kowalski, the trial subject who is serving a life sentence for murdering his brother and sister-in-law, is seeking to set aside the conviction based on the evidence revealed in Brennan’s divorce proceedings that allege she committed perjury when she testified that she spoke to Furlong once during the Kowalski trial. Phone records kept by Brennan’s ex-husband show the judge had 37 phone calls with Furlong during that time.