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Trial Delayed: Buchanan Attorney's Serious Charges Await Justice

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The trial proceedings of a Buchanan attorney, who is facing multiple charges of criminal sexual conduct, have been postponed until late July. Lanny Fisher's case has been transferred to Van Buren County District Judge Michael McKay after all judges in Berrien County recused themselves from the proceedings.

According to The Herald-Palladium, Fisher, 54, was arraigned in late April on nine counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, and four counts of misdemeanor prostitution-related offenses. The allegations against him include coerced sexual touching, penetration, and solicitation of sexual favors as payment for legal services. The incidents allegedly occurred over a span of more than a decade, from 2010 through 2022.

The Herald-Palladium further reports that seven of the third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges involve women who were allegedly forced to engage in sexual acts with Fisher at his office and residence. Two counts involve a minor female aged 13 to 15. The maximum penalty for these offenses is 15 years in prison. Additionally, the fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge, classified as a high-court misdemeanor, carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison. The remaining four misdemeanor charges carry a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail.

The next pre-exam conference for Fisher's case is scheduled for July 26, with a preliminary hearing set to take place on August 1.

The delay in the proceedings allows for the transition of the case to a new judge and provides both the defense and prosecution time to prepare their arguments thoroughly. The legal process will ensure a fair and impartial examination of the allegations against Fisher, ensuring that justice is served.

It is essential to note that these charges against Fisher are accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The court will carefully consider the evidence and testimonies presented during the trial before reaching a verdict.

As the case progresses, further updates will be provided to ensure transparency and keep the public informed.

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