Michigan’s criminal justice system can only work if everybody involved follows the rules. For example, police are not supposed to arrest someone or seize potential evidence of a crime without obeying proper procedure. Prosecutors and defense attorneys must follow rules of civil procedure in court. Even the judge presiding over the trial is constrained by ethical and legal obligations.
When one of these figures fails to follow the rules, justice is not served. This includes when a judge attempts to begin a romantic relationship with someone still under his or her control, as a Jackson County judge recently admitted doing.