In Michigan
6:14 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

Mich. assistant AG ordered to pay $10,000 fine

ANN ARBOR, MI –

A Michigan assistant attorney general has been fined $10,000 for his lack of decorum during a trial in federal court in Ann Arbor.

A judge says James Farrell was argumentative and "physically injecting himself" into conflicts during a civil trial involving a fatal shooting by a state trooper.

Federal Judge John Corbett O'Meara declared a mistrial in May, partly because of Farrell. The judge on Tuesday deferred payment of the fine until after a new trial in August.

The attorney general's office hopes O'Meara will reconsider and drop the penalty. Farrell is getting supervision and training.

He was representing two troopers who were sued over a fatal shooting in Detroit in 2001.