LUCIDO COMEUPPANCE


Peter Lucido

Controversy has almost become the middle name for Republican Peter Lucido, now Macomb County’s Prosecutor. During his time in the Michigan Senate before returning to Macomb, Lucido had a reputation for headline seeking on legislative issues and constantly jabbing at Gretchen Whitmer. Then he became the subject of headlines because of a number of sexual harassment complaints. He was eventually stripped of his committee chairmanship and was ordered to undergo what we would assume is sensitivity training after sexual harassment complaints were filed by three women, including Birmingham’s state Senator Mallory McMorrow (D-Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Clawson, Berkley, Rochester and Rochester Hills) during his last year as a state senator. And recently another woman, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Lisa McCormick, joined the chorus, charging that Lucido inappropriately hugged her in 2019 when she met him regarding her nomination by the governor to become director of Michigan Office of Children’s Ombudsman, a story broke by the Michigan Advance. Now the focus is on Lucido as three attorneys (Democrats, we’re told) have filed a complaint with the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission asking whether the prosecutor should be recusing himself from any investigation of the governor over nursing home deaths during the pandemic because of unsubstantiated claims to that effect he had been making while he was in Lansing, and continues to make while planning an investigation along those lines from his Macomb office. The gist of the issue? Attorneys are barred from making public statements that could influence legal proceedings. We can hardly wait to see the commission’s decision.

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