The court reinstates sex crimes against former Detroit sex crimes attorney Mike Morse. The Michigan Supreme Court on January 6 reinstated several sex crimes lawsuits against former attorney Michael Morse. Morse is charged with sexually abusing two women he was representing at a West Bloomfield, Michigan law firm, both of whom were former clients.
Morse faces six counts of sexual abuse against Jordan Smits, a former client. Jordan Smits claims that Morse sexually abused her in the back seat of her car while she was waiting to speak with an attorney for a divorce case. The women also say that Morse molested them in the law firm’s office during an event held for female lawyers. Both women are former clients of Morse’s.
Morse has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He is free on bail and expected to appear in court in a few weeks. It is unclear whether he plans to resign from the law firm or seek another position within the legal system.
In addition to Jordan Smits and Samantha Lichon, Morse faces two other women, Kimberly Bowers and Lisa Cimino, who say he sexually abused them while working for the law firm he represented. A lawyer who represented Bowers says that she contacted him for help when her husband, a well-known defense attorney, began receiving harassing phone calls. A man who represented Cimino says that she met with a man from the law firm on at least four occasions, and that Cimino was sexually abused at each meeting.
In addition to the three sex crime claims against Morse, he is also facing a civil lawsuit over allegations that he did not properly file tax returns, causing a $2 million debt. The state attorney general has filed a civil suit against Morse for his handling of the death of a man who suffered from drug addiction problems.
If convicted of the charges against him, Morse could face up to 14 years in prison on the sex crimes allegations. If convicted of the theft charges, he would face up to five years in jail on the fraud charges. Morse’s trial was scheduled to begin in March.
Morse is scheduled to appear in court in a few weeks. It is unclear what type of bond he is being required to follow, or whether he has retained an attorney to represent him.
In recent months, the public has become familiar with Morse through news stories. In January, a New York Times piece by William Burrus outlined some of the accusations against Morse and also detailed some of the events that led up to his arrest.
In addition to the charges against him, Morse has been in trouble with the law in the past. The New York Daily News reported in 2020 that Morse had previously been ordered to spend time in jail for allegedly intimidating a witness in a civil trial. According to the article, Morse threatened to shoot the witness if they didn’t testify against a former business partner. In November of last year, a New York State Supreme Court judge sentenced him to 10 days in jail after he was found guilty of assault.