All three 86th District Court judges excused themselves from the case, citing the Gubbins’ prior working relationship with the court.
Gubbins eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. In November, 13th Circuit Court Judge Philip Rodgers handed down a six-month sentence and Gubbins remains behind bars in Grand Traverse County’s jail.
Stocking said New Direction Testing approached the court after Tri-County’s demise and court officials vetted the company through background checks and an on-site inspection of its facility. She said the court still doesn’t have a written or signed agreement with the company -- a point of contention in one of Gubbins’ court hearings -- but is drafting a memorandum of understanding.
“This is the only one that approached the court,” Stocking said. “It’s not like there’s businesses in the community that do this and are waiting for us to call them.”