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Court: Lapeer County judge who lost race gets 6-year ban for misconduct

Former Lapeer County Judge Byron Konschuh
Former Lapeer County Judge Byron Konschuh(WJRT)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 4:09 PM EDT
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LAPEER, Mich. (AP) - A judge who lost re-election in November while a misconduct case against him was pending will be barred from serving again for six years.

The Michigan Supreme Court announced the result Friday against former Lapeer County Judge Byron Konschuh. The Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission announced results of an investigation into him last August.

The misconduct case against Konschuh stemmed from acts that occurred when he was a judge and years earlier when he was a prosecutor.

Konschuh deposited at least 42 checks totaling more than $1,000 into his personal accounts when he was prosecutor. They were fees owed by a collections company hired in bad check cases.

Konschuh argued that he used the money to reimburse a portion of his personal spending on office snacks and other expenses.

He initially was charged with felonies, but pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of failing to account for county money. A Genesee County judge gave Konschuh a suspended 90-day jail sentence.

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