Terry Star is now on unpaid leave from his post as Kalkaska schools superintendent. There have been many hits to this site in the last couple of days looking for information. That’s usually a tip off that there’s movement going on in a case, and there are updates in this case.
First, the case history was hard to find. It’s still in the 86th District Court despite having been filed in April. Usually, a preliminary exam is supposed to kick the case to the circuit court within 10 days. Adjournments are common, but it’s been 4 months. That’s enough time to have and end a serious relationship, grow sea monkeys or take up the banjo for real.
There are things in the ledger about handwriting experts (this is something to settle before the prelim?) Then, there’s a defense motion to compel discovery, and something about how the prosecutor wants to admit expert testimony. I can’t see how the issue of compelling discovery ever resolved. What did the defense want to discover that the prosecution didn’t want to allow and what happened there? Does anyone know?
As I was reading the case history, I came to the same questions that I had the last time we talked about this case. We know very little about what the false allegations allegedly were. But I still wonder if any of the charges fit the definition of any of the charged crimes, since the reports were allegedly made to persons other than those qualified to receive reports which the law requires. And what is the authority/elements for criminal slander? Is that even a thing? I’m wondering if this isn’t more one heck of a civil defamation claim, and nothing more. Maybe we’ll get to know more of the facts if they ever hold the prelim.