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Fri October 5, 2012
Trial possible in McCotter probe
DETROIT, MI (AP)-- A Detroit-area man says he was granted immunity to help authorities in a case involving election petitions submitted by former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter's campaign.
Doug Bauss testified Thursday in a Troy court. He says he agreed to sign petitions that listed him as the person who collected signatures. Bauss says he did it at the request of McCotter aide Mary Turnbull.
Turnbull actually collected the names, but she believed she couldn't be listed as the petition circulator because she lived outside McCotter's district. Troy Judge Dennis Drury will decide Nov. 1 whether there's probable cause to send Turnbull to trial on a conspiracy charge.
Turnbull lawyer Robert Kostin says the felony charge doesn't fit. Three other people were charged in the McCotter probe. McCotter isn't accused of wrongdoing.