No jobless benefits for ousted prosecutor, judge says


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A state prosecutor who lost his job after having a relationship with a woman in an assault case isn’t entitled to unemployment benefits, a judge said.

Brian Kolodziej “embarked upon a months-long series of acts that even he realized might not be appropriate, and he kept it from his boss. … Misconduct has been established,” said Darryl Johnson, an administrative law judge with the state of Michigan.

Kolodziej was an assistant attorney general until he was forced out in September. He acknowledged having an intimate relationship with a woman while he was handling her sexual assault case in Isabella County but said it was consensual.

Attorney General Dana Nessel called it “incredibly disturbing.” It caused her to agree to set aside the conviction of Ian Elliott, a former Central Michigan University student government leader, and allow him to plead no contest to a lesser charge.

Nessel also dropped charges against two men in an unrelated case handled by Kolodziej in suburban Detroit.

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