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Michigan: D.A. sure that Feiger tried to blackmail Cox, but won't bring charges

The Detroit Free Press reports: Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca said Tuesday he is "100% confident" that Geoffrey Fieger, Michigan's best-known trial lawyer, conspired with an associate to blackmail state Attorney General Mike Cox by threatening to reveal an affair Cox admitted last week.

But Gorcyca said he won't bring charges against Fieger or West Bloomfield attorney Lee O'Brien because he doesn't have the ammunition to make a criminal case stick. ...

Cox said he understood Gorcyca's decision but said Fieger, through O'Brien, tried to get him to drop his investigation into allegations that Fieger illegally funded a campaign to defeat Republican-backed state Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman.

Cox said his investigation into Fieger's financing of $450,000 in TV ads without initially revealing he had paid for them continues. "It was his call. He had access to all of the information and all the police reports," Cox said. ...

Gorcyca said he faced two key issues in his decision whether to prosecute Fieger and O'Brien: The threats to blackmail Cox were implied, not explicit; and secretly taped conversations between O'Brien and Stu Sandler, Cox's external affairs director, are not admissible in court. -- Fieger won't be charged in scandal

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