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      No indictment after Michigan party switch probe

      Jase Bolger

      A judge has found no criminal wrongdoing after a yearlong investigation into a former state lawmaker's party switch that also involved the Republican leader of the Michigan House.

      Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina on Friday said an indictment wasn't warranted after an "exhaustive and diligent" probe uncovered no crime or wrongdoing.

      Ex-Rep. Roy Schmidt's switch to the Republican Party in May 2012, just before the deadline for the August primary election, was under scrutiny from Democrats. He offered money to a 22-year-old political novice to run as a Democrat against him.

      Schmidt lost re-election bid November after the scheme came to light. Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger barely survived the election because of his role but was chosen again to lead the chamber in January.