Michigan judge and ex-lover, a policeman, accused of perjury by murderer

Posted at 5:29 PM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-24 14:51:40-04

Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan and her former lover, Michigan State Police Lt. Sean Furlong, are accused of perjury after giving depositions in the judge’s divorce.

Her estranged husband, Donald Root, claims in court documents that he kept her cell phone records and they show they talked several times before they admit to having an affair during a murder trial that the judge presided over and the detective testified as the lead investigator.

That double trial was during 2013. Jerome Kowalski was convicted and sentenced to life in prison by Judge Brennan.

The documents say the calls show “evidence of the affair” earlier than they admit, “a violation of judicial duty,” with the judge talking to a witness during the murder trial and the calls “expose the perjury” of the judge and detective.

The motion asked for sanctions against the judge in the divorce case, and that depositions and other discovery evidence be unsealed to the public. 

The judge is an elected official in Livingston County.

Michigan State Police in a statement say they just learned of the perjury allegations this morning and have an internal investigation into Lt. Furlong underway. 

He’s off the streets and on a desk job. 

The statement says Furlong would be suspended if he’s charged with perjury.

Judge Brennan remains on the job. This afternoon she was presiding over a divorce case in court.

Another hearing in the divorce case is set for April 4.