HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - The young yet checkered political and legal career of Brandon Hall may take another turn today.
Hall won election as an 18-year-old in 2008 to the Grand Haven Board of Education. Two years later, he pleaded guilty to taking 750 dollars from a school fundraising kitty and resigned his post. The matter dogged him when he considered running for, and then withdrawing from, a state House race that Amanda Price eventually captured in 2010.
In an effort to revive Hall’s career, Grand Haven attorney Chris Houghtaling invited him to join his campaign for an open Ottawa County Circuit Court seat last year. Houghtaling’s candidacy was torpedoed when forgeries on nominating petitions had been uncovered, leaving him without enough valid signatures to run for the spot. The state Attorney General’s office last May filed 10 counts of election-law forgery against Hall as a result of the petition scandal.
Last month, Holland District Court Judge Bradley Knoll declined to bind Hall over for trial on felony charges that could have led to up to five years in prison, but said that there is still probable cause for misdemeanor counts that would led to a 500-dollar fine and/or up to three months in jail. The judge will rule on a couple of motions in the case today.