WARREN (WWJ/AP) - Police say they’re investigating whether a former law clerk in Warren illegally accepted a few hundred dollars in cash to “fix” a traffic ticket.
The former part-time employee, who is also a law student, allegedly told a woman that he would downgrade her speeding ticket in exchange for $300. The woman told police she gave money to the clerk and assumed her ticket was resolved. The deal was reportedly caught on a courthouse security camera.
City Attorney James Biernat said the clerk was fired March 27, the day after money reportedly was accepted. His name hasn’t been released and he hasn’t been charged.
Biernat said law students working in Warren’s legal department are authorized to prosecute traffic cases in 37th District Court.
“We have to see how far back this goes, if it’s an isolated incident. We’ll be looking back at a lot of cases he handled,” Detective Lt. Heidi Metz told The Macomb Daily. “There doesn’t appear to be anyone else involved.”
The case could go to Macomb County prosecutors next week for a charging decision.
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