Lansing, MI - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Wednesday, August 28, 2019, that former state representative Todd Courser, 47, of Silverwood, has pleaded no contest to Willful Neglect of Duty by a Public Officer.
The misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year or a fine of not more than $1,000.
“Today’s decision by Todd Courser to plead no-contest to a one-year misdemeanor may be the wisest decision he has made in years,” said Nessel. “This case has had a long, torturous history and his decision to acknowledge responsibility for his actions is long overdue.”
Courser was initially charged with several felony counts in Ingham County. Following a preliminary exam in 2016, the Court ruled that the proper venue for the Misconduct in Office (soliciting a state employee to send out a false email) was Lapeer County and not Ingham. The Misconduct in Office was then charged in Lapeer in July 2016. The remaining charge of Perjury, currently still pending in Ingham County, will be dismissed upon sentencing of the Willful Neglect of Duty by a Public Officer.
Courser is currently scheduled to be sentenced by Chief Judge Nick O. Holowka on September 16 in Lapeer County Circuit Court.