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November 14, 1986 : Court of Appeals Judge Charged with Bribery, Commits Suicide

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On November 14, 1986, Lansing was rocked when Court of Appeals Judge S. Jerome Bronson was arrested by Michigan State Police and arraigned on felony bribery charges stemming from a case pending before him.

Authorities said the 56-year-old jurist, with an unblemished record, accepted an envelope stuffed with $20,000 in cash. More money was to be paid later.

Bronson was allowed to leave pending further legal action. He drove to his home in Oakland County’s Franklin Village.

He committed suicide later that day.

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