DePerno accuses GOP AG opponent Leonard of legal ethics violation

Nelita Collins

Republican attorney general candidate Matthew DePerno wants GOP opponent and former House Speaker Tom Leonard fired from his private law job, suggesting Leonard accessed privileged information DePerno provided to the firm as a client and used it for political ammunition. 

Leonard has denied the accusations, repeatedly calling them baseless and “a little pathetic.” A spokesman said he has never legally represented DePerno and has no access to information DePerno may have provided to other lawyers at his firm. A leader at the law firm echoed those comments in a statement issued Monday afternoon. 

The Free Press obtained a copy of a letter DePerno sent April 7 to a partner at Plunkett Cooney, the law firm where Leonard works. In the letter, DePerno says he retained the firm in part to help him fight back against an investigation by the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission in connection to the election conspiracy lawsuit he filed in Antrim County.

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