Gene Hunt’s ghosts may be catching up with him.
In a two-month period in the early 1990s, the candidate for 19th District Court judge in Dearborn was arrested twice for drunken driving, each time after police spotted him speeding and swerving on Michigan Avenue, according to police reports obtained by Motor City Muckraker.
All could be forgiven after nearly 25 years, but a complaint to the Attorney Grievance Commission alleges Hunt never notified the Michigan State Bar of the drunken drivings, as required. That means his law license, which is required to be a practicing judge, may be on the line. A failure to report a drunken driving conviction has led to six-month license suspensions for other Michigan lawyers. But Muckraker couldn’t find a case where an attorney failed to report two drunken drivings.
Hunt’s campaign declined to say whether Hunt notified the Michigan State Bar of the convictions. Instead, his campaign, in a statement, blamed supporters of Hunt’s opponent, Susan Dabaja, of spreading “garbage for weeks.” But when asked specifically about the criminal convictions and failure to notify the bar, the campaign was silent.
“Supporters of the Dabaja campaign have been shopping this garbage for weeks, and none of Detroit’s media will touch it. And for one simple reason: the allegations are untrue,” Hunt’s spokesman, Mike Murray, said.
At 6:33 p.m. on Nov. 13, 1992, Hunt was driving about 90 mph in a white Porsche on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn, “swerving curb to curb” and striking a median before police pulled him over and arrested him for drunken driving, according to police reports.
About three weeks later, Hunt was “weaving in and out of two traffic lanes” on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn. He was sentenced to two years of probation.
The complaint to the Attorney Grievance Commission also points out that Hunt’s court records are mysteriously missing.
Stay tuned for updates on this story.
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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.