Conservative Michigan Activist Faces Felony Charges

Doug Sedenquist is a longtime Republican party official in Michigan (though not a member of the Republican State Central Committee, as many news outlets are reporting, at least according to Wikipedia) and a Tea Party-loving radio talk show host. He seems to be in a bit of trouble lately:

A Michigan tea party activist missed a scheduled court appearance in Wisconsin because he spent Thanksgiving weekend in jail on felony charges in the Upper Peninsula.

Doug Sedenquist was arrested last week and charged with extortion, using a computer to commit a crime, aggravated stalking and possession of a drug chemically similar to a controlled substance.

The extortion and computer crime charges each carry possible 20-year prison terms, said Delta County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Philip Strom…

Sedenquist had been charged with refusing to comply with a police officer’s attempt to take him into custody — a felony — and misdemeanor charges of sending a threatening message and disorderly conduct in connection with a March 3 incident involving his estranged wife.

Well, at least the latest arrest is a valid excuse for missing the court date from the previous one.

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  • Chiroptera

    Well, at least the latest arrest is a valid excuse for missing the court date from the previous one.

    Is it? The tough-on-crime fetishists looking for any reason to increase the pain of punishment — I can see them deciding that being arrested was his own fault for being a criminal and doesn’t excuse his missing the court date. So lay on the punishment!

    Except that he’s a conservative activist, so maybe he gets a pass.

  • oualawouzou

    @Chiroptera

    Maybe?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    A Michigan tea party activist missed a scheduled court appearance in Wisconsin because he spent Thanksgiving weekend in jail on felony charges in the Upper Peninsula.

    Just like the first Thanksgiving.

  • pianoman, Heathen & Torontophile

    Why does it just feel like Michigan is like the Mississippi of the Northern US?

  • D. C. Sessions

    The tough-on-crime“criminals” fetishists looking for any reason to increase the pain of punishment

    FTFY. Especially if you understand “criminals” as people who are likely to commit crimes. In other words, people who aren’t like me.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … a March 3 incident involving his estranged wife.

    Who wants to bet whether Sedenquist has a long litany of rhapsodizing about “family values”?

  • frankb

    So the Michigan GOP has a central committee. Isn’t that a risky name to give to the group? Do they have their offices in a town named Mocsow?

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I was wondering if anyone else found it interesting that a US state Republican Party would have a Central Committee..

  • vmanis1

    I don’t actually find it surprising that the Michigan GOP has a Central Committee. The national parties have National Committees, and a lot of party apparatus in general tends to be non-ideological (they’ll have a president, etc.). Now if the General Secretary of the Michigan Central Committee were named Joe Steel (not Michael Steele), that WOULD be fun.

    By the way, Stalin chose to become Secretary rather than any other office because that’s where the levers of power were. He had access, for example, to all the membership lists. The modern GOP equivalent is becoming Secretary of State so as to fiddle voting provisions. Long live Comrade Stalin!

  • caseloweraz

    Not very surprisingly, Michigan does have a Moscow:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_Township,_Michigan

    There’s one in Idaho, too. Cairo, Rome, New Berlin are all names of U.S. towns or cities. Then of course there’s New York.