Ingham judge named in obstruction of justice probe

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) - An Ingham County Circuit Court judge is being investigated in connection with the release of courtroom video.

6 News has learned that Clinton County prosecutor Charles Sherman has been asked at the request of the Michigan attorney general's office to determine whether or not a warrant be issued against Ingham County Circuit Court judge Rosemarie Aquilina for obstruction of justice.

The original request for the warrant came out of the Ingham County sheriffs office claiming Aquilina improperly released confidential tapes in Judge Jamo's court room where an Ingham County assistant prosecutor was nearly stabbed during the verdict announcement of the Joshua Harding trial.

Interim Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer recused herself from the case and asked the attorney general's office to handle it.

That office assigned the request for review to Clinton County to determine whether or not the warrant should be issued.

Judge Aquilina has hired attorney Nick Bostic to represent her. Bostic told 6 News "The whole process is a political stunt by the sheriff because he got embarrassed."

Aquilina was elected circuit court judge in November 2008 and her term expires in December 2020.

This story is developing and will be updated online and on 6 News.

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