Deal In Works To Resolve Case Against Genesee County Commissioner
October 4, 2017
Attorneys for a Genesee County Commissioner from Fenton say a deal may be in the works to resolve misdemeanor charges against him.
District 6 Commissioner Drew Shapiro is charged with reckless operation of a vehicle and two counts of indecent language after police say he shouted ethnic slurs from his pontoon boat May 27th while on Silver Lake. He allegedly directed the remarks at an individual on shore who was dating his ex-fiancée. Several district court judges previously recused themselves from the hearing the case, as one of Shapiro’s responsibilities as a county commissioner is to oversee their salaries.
67th District Court Judge Vikki Bayeh Haley of Mt. Morris was eventually assigned the case and at a hearing Tuesday, both Shapiro’s attorney and the Fenton Township attorney asked for an adjournment after indicating a resolution of the case is close to being worked out. The judge reset the pre-trial hearing for Shapiro to November 14th. Shapiro, who is running for a vacant seat in the State House of Representatives, has claimed the charges are a public smear campaign against him for being a Jewish Republican in Genesee County. (JK)