MIDLAND (AP) – A Midland County judge who told a lawyer, “screw you,” still is allowed to handle a criminal case involving the attorney’s client.

In a 2-1 decision, the Michigan appeals court this week refused to disqualify Judge Jonathan Lauderbach from the case of a man who is charged with causing a death in a car wreck

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During a discussion in chambers last year, Lauderbach told attorney Jason Gower that his client could get a minimum prison sentence of 10 years if he pleaded guilty or 19 years if he went to trial. When Gower objected, the judge screamed, “screw you.”

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Lauderbach says he regrets the remark, which satisfied two judges on the three-judge panel at the appeals court. Gower will ask the Supreme Court to disqualify Lauderbach.

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The judge declined comment.
   
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