Court rules even defamatory press conference by prosecutor is part of job and prosecutor is immune
Gregory J. Rohl on three separate occasions threatened to sue his girlfriend after she reported or alleged assaultive or inappropriate behavior. Eventually, the Wayne County Prosecutor charged him with an illegal pattern of conduct and obstruction of justice. She conducted a press conference where she detailed the allegations and charges and claimed that Rohl was using his law license to intimidate witnesses.
When the judge later ruled that the three events, separated by several years, did not meet the "pattern of misconduct" charged, Rohl attempted to sue the Prosecutor for defamation and "false light invasion of privacy." The Court readily dismissed his lawsuit. It held that even if the Prosecutor conducted a press conference where Rohl was defamed, she enjoyed governmental immunity as the highest executive in her department.