Former congressman may testify in campaign case

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Associated Press

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 11:00 AM

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A former Detroit-area congressman is on a witness list at a key hearing for two people accused of crimes when collecting petition signatures for his re-election campaign.

Thaddeus McCotter could testify as a defense witness Thursday in Livonia District Court. A judge must decide whether there's probable cause to send two of McCotter's former staff members to trial.

Paul Seewald and Don Yowchuang are charged with conspiracy. Yowchuang also is charged with forgery. Both men also face many misdemeanors.

Prosecutors say McCotter's campaign tried to get him in the August Republican primary with fraudulent petitions. He didn't have enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. McCotter abruptly quit Congress in July.

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