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Michigan prosecutor arraigned for contribution/bribery case

Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga pleaded innocent Tuesday to federal charges that he intervened in criminal cases in exchange for contributions to his failed 2002 congressional campaign. ...

The nine-count indictment says Marlinga and others used his office to commit conspiracy, fraud, campaign violations and mail and wire fraud.

The federal investigation into Marlinga was triggered by complaints from Republicans who claimed Marlinga intervened in an appeal filed by convicted rapist Jeffrey Moldowan in exchange for contributions. The indictment lists $34,000 in contributions to his campaign. -- Macomb County prosecutor pleads innocent to federal fraud charges (AP via Detroit Free Press)

The Michigan Democratic Party denied Monday that it improperly funneled money from a contributor into the congressional campaign of Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga. ...

The contribution, the indictment says, came from a lawyer who already had contributed the maximum allowable to Marlinga’s campaign and defended two rape victims at the heart of the charges.

The lawyer, whom Marlinga identified as Dennis Johnston, was trying to avoid the individual contribution limit of $2,000, the indictment says. -- Dems deny funneling money to Marlinga (Detroit News)