Macomb County Judge Catherine Steenland
Charged with Two Misdemeanors
Today Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Macomb County Judge Catherine Steenland, 51, with two misdemeanors in connection with a car collision that occurred in Roseville, Michigan. On January 19, 2018, the case was referred to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office by the Office of the Attorney General after Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith recused his office from the case. WCPO requested investigative work from the Michigan State Police that was necessary to the review of the case, and to make a charging decision.
On September 25, 2017 at approximately 8:30 p.m., police officers were dispatched to a hit and run incident at Gratiot near McKinnon Street in Roseville, Michigan. The officers spoke to a 31-year-old Roseville man, who alleged that a female driving a red sedan hit his car and drove away. The victim provided the officers with the license plate of the red sedan and description of the woman. There were also civilian witnesses that observed the incident. Investigation by the Michigan State Police identified Judge Steenland as the suspect in the case.
Judge Steenland has been charged with one count each of Failure to Stop at the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident, a one year Misdemeanor, and Failure to Report an Accident, a 90 day Misdemeanor. Judge Steenland was arraigned today in 72nd District Court in Marine City in front of Judge Hulewicz. The next court date is September 28, 2018.
Prosecutor Worthy said: "The alleged actions of this judge are disturbing. A judge is the ultimate example of one who should be held to the highest standards of the law."
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.