Former attorney for Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger: Register of deeds threatened to ‘lynch’ me

Frank Cusumano accuses Jackie Ryan of leaving threatening voicemail

The former attorney for embattled Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger has filed a lawsuit accusing Spranger’s register of deeds of threatening him.

Frank Cusumano filed a criminal report and ethics violation against Jackie Ryan, saying she threatened to “lynch” him.

The lawsuit accuses Ryan of calling Cusumano and leaving a voicemail that said, in part, “If you ever show your face in here again, we’re going to lynch you.”

Cusumano said the incident happened Jan. 11 after Spranger’s court date in St. Clair County. He said the voicemail was a threat by Ryan and other workers at the register of deeds that he would be hurt if he showed up at the office.

Cusumano recently filed to be removed as counsel on all of Spranger’s cases.

You can view the full lawsuit below:

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Frank Cusumano accuses Jackie Ryan of leaving threatening voicemail