A federal judge says a case against the Leelanau County Sheriff for eavesdropping on his employees can go to trial.
Deputies say the sheriff listened to and recorded their private conversations two years ago. They allege the sheriff then retaliated against them when they publicly revealed what he'd done.
Attorneys for the Sheriff argue that the deputies used the office phone to conduct private business, and county policy says employees have no expectation of privacy in that situation.
The federal case will go to a settlement hearing next week. If no deal is reached, a court date is set for January.