Judge Goes to Jail for Perjury in Divorce Case

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Theresa Brennan is a former judge in Livingston County, Michigan. Per WNEM, Brennan is now going to jail for perjury.

Brennan, who was a judge for 14 years, has been sentenced to six months in jail for committing perjury in her divorce case. She lied about deleting data from her iPhone.

I’m posting this for the simple reason that if a judge could be sentenced to jail, so can you. If you practice law long enough, you will face the situation where a client lies and by the time you find out, it’s too late.

In a bankruptcy case, I had one client transfer an expensive boat that was paid for a few days before the 341 Meeting of Creditors. The transfer was to his best friend. I had another client who didn’t tell me she transferred her condo to her son, even though I asked those questions.

In divorce cases, those self-employed routinely lie about how much money they make. Assets get transferred to friends and family. But it’s not just clients.

There was one situation where opposing counsel who had represented his client at a domestic violence hearing, lied to the family court judge during trial. Apparently, opposing counsel forgot that the same judge heard both cases.

The judge filed a bar complaint against the attorney and he eventually was disbarred.

The problem with lying to your attorney, even though communications are privileged and confidential, is that there is no need to. If I know the truth in advance, your case can be planned around that.

For example, if you transferred property to a family friend, for bankruptcy cases, that means delaying the case and not filing for bankruptcy for x amount of time or even filing a Chapter 13.

In a family law case, it means disclosing information as required when discovery documents are provided. Failure to do so will only make the situation worse.

Need a consultation for a divorce or bankruptcy? Contact Attorney Alex Hernandez. Saturday appointments are available.

Attorney Alex Hernandez

Representing clients in the areas of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Family Law/Divorce, and car and motorcycle accidents for 20 years. (904) 712-5565 or (305)-688-LAWS (5297). *Se Habla Español

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