A suburban Detroit prosecutor was indicted Thursday on charges he helped a convicted rapist win a new trial in exchange for contributions to his 2002 run for Congress.
Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga, the chief law enforcement officer in Michigan's third-largest county since 1985, was charged with conspiracy and fraud.
Authorities said he helped reopen the case of convicted rapist Jeffrey Moldowan in return for donations to his failed campaign. Moldowan eventually was granted a new trial and acquitted.
Marlinga, a 57-year-old Democrat, returned the $34,000 in contributions after an outcry from Republicans. He has repeatedly denied intervening improperly in the appeal.