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Judge to make key ruling in McCotter probe

A former aide to a Detroit-area congressman is returning to court to learn if she'll stand trial in a campaign scandal.

Mary Turnbull worked for then-U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter. The Livonia Republican didn't make the 2012 ballot after a staff member submitted bogus petition signatures.

Turnbull is charged with conspiracy. Authorities say she asked someone to sign their name as a petition circulator, although that person didn't collect the names. A Troy judge will decide Thursday whether Turnbull goes to trial in Oakland County Circuit Court.

McCotter's district director and deputy director face conspiracy charges in Wayne County court. A fourth staffer pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor.

McCotter has not been charged and didn't know about the petition problems. He quit Congress in July.

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