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July 28, 2011

Prosecutor: No charges against ex-Meijer lawyer

GRAND RAPIDS — Kent County’s prosecutor won’t issue a perjury charge to a Grand Rapids lawyer stemming from a local official’s lawsuit against retail giant Meijer, Inc.

Kent County Prosecutor William A. Forsyth said Wednesday he won’t issue a perjury charge against former Meijer attorney Timothy Stoepker of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Grand Rapids. Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Al Schneider asked Forsyth to issue the charge because the alleged perjury occurred in a deposition in Kent County.

Forsyth said there’s no evidence Stoepker committed perjury, especially since questions during the deposition that prompted the alleged perjury were “ambiguous, compound and imprecise.”

Stoepker testified under oath in a 2007 videotaped deposition in a lawsuit filed against Meijer by former Acme Township Treasurer Bill Boltres that he had no knowledge of Meijer’s involvement in a 2005 referendum election in Acme. But documents and a witness later indicated otherwise, Schneider said.

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