|Judge David Parrott|
Both charges are misdemeanors.
Parrott, 59, notified the court of his voluntary leave of absence last Thursday in a letter to Chief Judge Brian Oakley.
“I am deeply disappointed in myself for being in the position of even responding to these embarrassing situations,” Parrott stated in the letter. “I have always strived to hold myself to the highest standards my position demands. Because we as judges are held to a higher standard, my ability to fairly and impartially adjudicate their cases may be called into question. I believe, therefore, that this action is necessary to preserve the public integrity and
Parrott said that the allegations warrant him searching to evaluate his relationships as well as his physical, emotional and mental state. He said that he hopes to return to his judicial duties within 45-60
Parrott is represented by attorney Mike
“Judge Parrot is going through a crisis in his life with all of these allegations,” Nichols said in a video posted to Twitter. “He is going to take time and step away from the bench. He's also going to undergo an evaluation to see what he may need in his life, in terms of perhaps some treatment for various things.”
The domestic abuse charge stems from an incident Feb. 8 when Van Buren Township police officers were called to the condo Parrott shares with a 55-year-old woman. When officers arrived at the scene, they reported that the woman was visibly upset, She told officers that Parrott had assaulted her, causing a bump on her head, a laceration on her right hand and pain
During his arraignment in the 35th District Court before Judge James Plakas, Parrott admitted that he owns several firearms including a
A probable cause court hearing is scheduled for Parrott at the 35th District Court Feb. 28.