Judge who had relationship with lawyer wins appeal - WNEM TV 5

Judge who had relationship with lawyer wins appeal

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A lawyer who sued after a nearly 20-year relationship with a Genesee County judge turned sour has lost her case at the Michigan appeals court.

The court rejected Denise Ketchmark's claims of emotional distress, negligence and fraud against Judge Archie Hayman. The court affirmed a decision by an Oakland County judge.

Ketchmark says she had a romantic relationship with Hayman from 1993 to 2012. She says it ended when she learned Hayman planned to marry another woman. She also blamed him for health problems.

In a decision released Wednesday, the appeals court says the allegations aren't enough for a trial. The court says Ketchmark knew that her relationship with Hayman wasn't exclusive when he married another woman in 2001.

Messages seeking comment were left with Ketchmark and Hayman's attorney.

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