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No contest plea in McCotter petition scandal

Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

LANSING (WKZO) -- The last of four defendants in former Congressman Thaddeus McCotter's petition scandal has pleaded no contest in the case.

Wednesday, 58-year-old Mary Turnbull pleaded no contest to a felony count of conspiracy to commit a legal act in an illegal manner and a misdemeanor count of falsely signing a nominating petition.  An investigation by the Attorney General's office found members of the five-term congressman's staff had copied and altered petitions in order to qualify McCotter for the 2012 ballot.

Turnbull will be sentenced July 9th.

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