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Subpoena served to House Speaker Cotter in Courser-Gamrat case

Posted at 10:26 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 22:26:51-04

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter was served a subpoena to testify in the cases against two former state lawmakers.

Ingham County District Court Judge Hugh Clarke ordered that it would be “patently unfair” to Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat to allow Cotter to not be questioned by their attorneys.

Counsel for Cotter filed a motion to quash the subpoena on the grounds of legislative immunity, but the motion was rejected by the court.

Read the opinion and order here.

Cotter is alleged to have made statements during an interview with Michigan State Police last summer regarding their investigation stemming from Courser and Gamrat’s extramarital affair.

Courser and Gamrat’s attorneys will be allowed to prepare 15 questions for Speaker Cotter, to be submitted in a sealed envelope within the next week. Cotter’s lawyers will then contact the Court and propose three dates and times over the next three weeks to schedule a hearing.

The preliminary exam for Courser and Gamrat is scheduled May 25.