Ex-state senator may keep pension despite charges

One of Michigan's top Republicans in the 1990s is allowed to continue getting his $79,000 a year state pension regardless of the outcome of his trial on sex charges involving children. Documents obtained under Michigan's Freedom of Information Act state Phillip Arthurhultz has a monthly pension benefit of $6,620, or $79,440 annually, from his 15 years representing the Muskegon area, according to The Associated Press.
AP Wire
Sep 13, 2011


Robert Geake, chairman of the Michigan Legislative Retirement System, said Michigan law would prohibit stripping Arthurhultz of his pension in this case.

Arthurhultz in June waived his right to a hearing to determine if there is probable cause for trial, and is awaiting trial. The former Republican state senator from Whitehall faces charges in Lansing.

A message seeking comment was left this morning with his attorney.


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