Can Cox prosecute Waterstone?

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Hathaway is expected to rule later today whether the Michigan attorney general’s office can prosecute former Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mary Waterstone and others on charges related to perjured testimony at a 2005 drug trial.

Attorney General Mike Cox was brought into the case after Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy disqualified herself. In addition to Waterstone, Karen Plants, a former Wayne County drug prosecutor, and two Inkster police officers are also being tried for perjury-related charges.

Waterstone argued that Cox shouldn’t be on the case because of a conflict in interest. His office defended her in Judicial Tenure Commission proceedings arising from the same incident.

Hathaway will sort it all out later today. If Cox is removed from the case, a special prosecutor will be appointed.

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