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Wild party man can't sue the witnesses who complain to police

Michael Stephen Irish apparently does not lead a sedentary lifestyle.  Others who live on Algonquin Lake in Barry County complained to police that they needed protection from his "reckless behavior," which included "drinking and driving, drinking and boating, and...indecent exposure."  The cops charged him with disturbing the peace and indecent exposure, however, after a trial he was convicted only of the former charge.  Never one to retire to the basement, Irish then sued the neighbors for defamation, malicious prosecution and also under various other theories.  Ultimately, his claim was dismissed.  The trial judge and the appellate judges all agreed that the complaints by citizens to criminal authorities were entitled to absolute immunity.

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