Case Details


Attorney General Is Disqualified From Prosecuting A Judge

Filing State



Michigan Court of Appeals




People v. Waterstone, No. 294667 (Mich. Ct. App. Mar. 4, 2010)


Michigan Court of Appeals held that the Attorney General’s office was disqualified from prosecuting a judge for perjury because the office had earlier represented her in connection with a civil rights case arising out of the same facts.

Case Description

Judge Waterstone sought to disqualify the Attorney General’s office from standing as prosecution, claiming that its representation of her in the civil rights case and the current investigation were an inherent conflict of interest. The Court of Appeals determined that in this case, there was no actual conflict of interest requiring disqualification at this time. The ruling was appealed, and the Michigan Supreme Court remanded the case to the Court of Appeals for an immediate decision as to the disqualification of the Attorney General.