Genesee County attorney faces five charges in email case - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Genesee County attorney faces five charges in email case

Posted: Updated:
GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) -

(04/18/12) - A longtime Genesee County attorney now faces five felony charges stemming from allegations he illegally accessed his former employee's emails.

Only ABC12 was in court Wednesday morning when he was arraigned.

The case is being prosecuted by Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton recused himself.

Attorney Steven Spender is charged with five felonies, accused of illegally accessing a former female employee's emails during a period of about six months last year.

Spender, a senior partner at Spender & Robb in Flint Township, according to the firm's website, faces three counts of unauthorized access to a computer and two counts of interfering with electronic communications.

Reene said there was conduct, on Spender's part, above and beyond email accounts he was authorized to access.

"We are trying to work out a disposition that would make all parties happy," said defense attorney Dennis Lazar in court.

Lazar, and even Spender himself, asked 67th District Court Judge David Goggins that he be allowed to still use a computer for work purposes.

"In other words, I won't access the Internet, but if I could access the server in my office?" asked Spender.

But Goggins ordered no direct computer access, no digital tablet or iPad access and Spender can only use his smart phone to make phone calls.

Lazar declined to comment, saying he hadn't even seen the police reports yet.

Bond was set at $2,000 cash or surety on each count.

Online court records indicate he did post that money.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Search underway for missing fisherman on Lake Fenton

    Search underway for missing fisherman on Lake Fenton

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:05 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:05:33 GMT
    61-one-year-old James Lehmkuhle went fishing on Lake Fenton, Tuesday morning, and never returned.
    61-one-year-old James Lehmkuhle went fishing on Lake Fenton, Tuesday morning, and never returned.
  • Flint Farmer's Market called one of the best in Michigan

    Flint Farmer's Market called one of the best in Michigan

    Flint Farmer's Market called one of the best in Michigan

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:19:52 GMT
    The Flint Farmer's Market was noted as one of the best farmer's markets in the state.
    The Flint Farmer's Market was noted as one of the best farmer's markets in the state.
  • Mid Michigan company rewarded for expanding and bringing news jobs to the area

    Mid Michigan company rewarded for expanding and bringing news jobs to the area

    Mid Michigan company rewarded for expanding and bringing news jobs to the area

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:40:35 GMT
    This picture is from video from inside of the gas station at the corner of Saginaw and Baldwin Roads near the Oakland County border.This picture is from video from inside of the gas station at the corner of Saginaw and Baldwin Roads near the Oakland County border.
    (07/23/2014) - A Mid Michigan company is being rewarded for bringing new jobs to the area.Walbro Engine Management was established in 1950 in Fenton and since then has moved to Cass City. The company is investing over $4,000,000 to expand that facility. The expansion plans to bring 28 new jobs to the area. As a result, Walbro will receive a $165,000 grant from the Michigan Business Development Program. If you're interesting in applying for one of these new jobs click here.
    (07/23/2014) - A Mid Michigan company is being rewarded for bringing new jobs to the area.Walbro Engine Management was established in 1950 in Fenton and since then has moved to Cass City. The company is investing over $4,000,000 to expand that facility. The expansion plans to bring 28 new jobs to the area. As a result, Walbro will receive a $165,000 grant from the Michigan Business Development Program. If you're interesting in applying for one of these new jobs click here.
Powered by WorldNow

abc12.com

ABC12 Main Station
810-233-3130

Mailing Address:
2302 Lapeer Road
Flint, Michigan 48503

Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WJRT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.