LIVONIA, Mich., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Michigan judge says two campaign staffers for former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter will stand trial for alleged petition forgery.
District Judge Sean P. Kavanagh ruled Tuesday on his decision to send the case against Paul Seewald and Don Yowchuang to trial.
Seewald and Yowchuang pleaded not guilty on Oct. 11 to allegations they signed a nominating petition as a circulator. Yowchuang is also accused of election law forgery.
The arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 6, Roll Call reported.
State election laws apply to everyone, and public employees are no exception. We are confident in our case and prepared for trial," Joy Yearout, spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, was quoted as saying in a statement.
McCotter, a conservative Republican who briefly ran for president last year, resigned from Congress in July. He had represented the 11th district in Detroit's northwestern suburbs since 2003 but dropped his re-election bid in June after his petitions were found to be filled with errors and duplications, Roll Call said.
Two other former staffers were also implicated in alleged campaign misconduct. Lorianne O'Brady pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of falsely signing a nominating petition. Mary Melissa Turnbull is accused of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner and falsely signing a nominating petition. The judge presiding over her case will determine Nov. 1 is she is to stand trial, Roll Call said.
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