Former Republican lawmakers Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat were arraigned on felony charges in Ingham County District Court Tuesday morning.
They were each released on personal recognizance bonds.
They left the Legislature in September — Courser resigned and Gamrat was expelled by House members — after getting caught up a sex and cover-up scandal.
Courser is charged with lying under oath to the Select Committee in the House of Representatives, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison; and three counts of misconduct in office. He didn't have an attorney present today, but told 54A District Court Judge Hugh Clarke Jr. he plans to hire an attorney.
Gamrat faces two counts of misconduct in office, each punishable by up to five years in prison. She was represented during the arraignment by attorney Mike Nichols.
Preliminary hearings for both Courser and Gamrat, which will determine if there's enough evidence for them to stand trial, are set for later this month.
When the House voted to expel Gamrat, they also asked for an investigation into the matter by the Attorney General and the Michigan State Police.
The pair were caught up in a sex scandal and bizarre cover-up in which Courser admitted sending out an anonymous e-mail in which he claimed he was a sexual deviant addicted to porn who paid for sex with men outside of bars in Lansing. The e-mail, which was widely distributed around Lansing, was intended to make it appear that Courser and Gamrat were the victims of a smear campaign and to make news of the affair pale in comparison.
There are two civil lawsuits pending in the matter, which were filed by former staffers. One lawsuit was filed in Ingham County and the other in federal court.
Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray contributed to this report.