An elected Michigan judge who faced withering press coverage after she sent three siblings to juvenile detention for refusing to eat lunch with their estranged father now faces possible discipline herself.
A complaint filed Monday by the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission says Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca appears to have committed a long list of infractions, beginning a process that may result in her removal from office.
“This is a very serious matter,” says Paul Fischer, the commission’s executive director and general counsel. “This case has moved very quickly.”
The complaint and responses to it will be presented to an impartial "master" appointed by the state Supreme Court, who will issue findings of fact. The tenure commission then will issue a decision to the state Supreme Court, which may hold arguments before taking action.