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Tue Sep 3, 2019, 09:32 PM

Bloomfield Hills official who stole yard signs blames the victim in court

It might seem to be petty theft — a quick snatch of cardboard and metal worth well under $100 – but the millionaire who stood before a Royal Oak judge last week said he grabbed the stuff and stuck it into his Jaguar’s trunk because it was dangerous.

Worse, the person who put it there is a criminal defense lawyer with experience as a federal prosecutor, and so she should know better, the man told the judge last week.

“She blatantly didn’t care about public safety (and) she hasn’t apologized. I had no intent to steal. I had authority” to take her yard signs, the man continued, adding: “What if there had been an accident and someone was seriously injured or killed because these signs were illegally placed?”

That was how Bloomfield Hills City Commissioner Stuart Sherr pointed blame at a school board candidate whose signs Sherr had stolen. He told the judge that he’d acted in the public interest when, last fall before the election, he removed four of the candidate’s campaign signs. He didn’t mention that, nearby, he’d left standing the signs of others candidates whom he'd endorsed on his Facebook page.

Read more: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2019/09/03/bloomfield-hills-official-sentenced-campaign-sign-stuart-sherr/2181640001/
(Detroit Free Press)

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