Cass Co. prosecutor asks AG to step in on Diamond Lake cases

Southwest Michigan

A large gathering at Diamond Lake in Cass County on July 4, 2020. (Courtesy)

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (WOOD) — The state Attorney General’s Office has agreed to handle the prosecution of any crimes stemming from a large party on Diamond Lake.

The Cass County Prosecutor’s Office asked the AG’s Office to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the situatuion after a viral video showed hundreds of people gathered on the lake for the Fourth of July. People in the video were not following state orders to physical distance and wear masks.

The prosecutor’s office says it asked for the review “due to a standing conflict of interest” because of a longtime affiliation with one of the lake associations.  

The Attorney General’s Office told News 8 that it will handle any cases sent to it by the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office has said parties on the lake often lead to crimes like trespassing on private property to access the water, underage and excessive drinking, unsafe boating and public indecency.

The prosecutor’s office says more information on the request will be released at a later time.

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