Dunnings Investigation Still Open Despite Guilty Pleas
Former Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III pleaded guilty last week to one felony charge of misconduct in office and a misdemeanor charge of engaging the services of a prostitute, in exchange for a slew of other charges being dropped by the Michigan Attorney General. However, the story may not simply end there.
According to the Lansing State Journal, the Attorney General's office refused to release investigation details through a Freedom of Information Act request. LSJ reports that the AG is still investigating leads and tips surrounding the Dunnings sex scandal. According to Michigan law, FOIA requests can only be rejected if the sought after information will or may impede an ongoing investigation.
Just because Dunnings agreed to plead guilty under the circumstances offered by the Attorney General, that doesn't mean that new charges cannot be brought against him. It sounds like there are still some juicy details for investigators to siphon through. Don't be surprised if Pandora's Box is opened to reveal wrongdoings by numerous area high-falutin' types. By the way, LSJ reports that some of the tips and leads the AG is pursuing come from Child Protective Services. This story is far from over.