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Chatfield brother drops challenge to warrant; details under wraps

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Aaron Chatfield’s wife says the assaults begin while she was a teenager. Rebekah Chatfield’s attorney also alleges unspecified financial misdeeds.

Those claims are being investigated by the Michigan Attorney General and the Michigan State Police. On Tuesday, the Michigan State Police executed a search warrant at the home of two former top staffers to Lee Chatfield when he served as House Speaker.

Mike Nichols is Aaron Chatfield’s attorney. He says the warrant as initially issued by the state was unconstitutionally broad, did not specify what information was sought, and what crimes might have been committed.

“Chief among our concerns was the breadth of the warrant and those concerns have been satisfied to the extent we’re dismissing the complaint,” Nichols told Michigan Public Radio.

Nichols says how the questions were resolved will remain confidential for now.

Lee Chatfield has acknowledged an extra-marital affair with his younger brother’s wife, but says it was consensual and did not occur while she was under-age. His wife, Stephanie Chatfield, released a lengthy statement Thursday through her attorney that disputes her brother- and sister-in-law’s version of events.

“Stephanie Chatfield can no longer sit quietly by while those with hidden agendas seek to pedal false narratives for their own personal gain,” said the release from the law office of Matthew Newburg.

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Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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