Probation Officers Charged in Marijuana Case!

Probation Officers Charged in Marijuana Case!
Posted by FoM on May 25, 1999 at 10:49:40 PT
Source: Michigan Live
PAW PAW A Mattawan couple recently charged in a drug case have been suspended without pay from their jobs with the Michigan Department of Corrections.
William Cunningham, 51, a veteran Van Buren County parole and probation supervisor, and his wife, Karn Cunningham, 49, a Kalamazoo County probation officer, await June 23 pretrial hearings in Van Buren County District Court.William Cunningham is charged with possession of marijuana stemming from a search conducted April 25 at an Eaton County house where police found numerous growing marijuana plants.Police found a small amount of marijuana in Cunningham's vehicle and he also told officers he kept drugs in his Mattawan house, said state police Detective Lt. Tracey McAndrew, of the Southwest Enforcement Team.Police interviewed Karn Cunningham at the couple's Mattawan house and recovered additional marijuana there, McAndrew said. He termed the seized drugs "personal use amounts" and said police had no indication the couple was involved in drug sales or delivery.Karn Cunningham was charged with use of marijuana. Charges against both suspects are misdemeanors.The arrest warrants were approved in Van Buren County, but the case is being prosecuted by the Kent County Prosecutor's office because of William Cunningham's long association with the Van Buren criminal justice system.Contacted at his home Monday, William Cunningham confirmed that the couple have been suspended from their state jobs, but he would not comment on their arrests.Matt Davis, MDOC spokesman, said William Cunningham has worked for the state about 27 years, and his wife for about 22 years. The state is conducting a separate internal investigation, which could result in the termination of the couple if evidence shows they violated state law or MDOC policy.Probation and parole officers conduct pre-sentence reports on people who have been convicted of crimes in Michigan. Their reports may have some influence on the type of sentence a convicted criminal receives.Convicts also often are to probation or parole officers after serving prison or jail time, and the officers monitor those people on issues such as employment, residential status, and drug and alcohol use.
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Comment #2 posted by mit on February 03, 2004 at 11:26:34 PT:
above the law
It seems that the Mattawan couple that was busted growing marijuana is above our state's manufacturing law. Although I am for personal growing and legal use, the law states that growing is a felony in Michigan. I guess being a probation officer has its benefits.
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Comment #1 posted by billgates on January 27, 2001 at 06:01:44 PT:
Probation Officers Charged in Marijuana Case!
This incident nearly destroyed this couple. The story of what happened to these people at the hands of the criminal "justice" system and the State of Michigan and their subsequent and successful fight to regain their jobs and their lives is far more intricate than the initial story itself. Further investigation and a follow-up story would be of great interest.By the way, flaming has only one "n."  
Probation Officers Charged in Marijuana Case!
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