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Judge orders investigation into possible affair between Dennis Smith, Mary Spear


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A judge in Madison has ordered prosecutors to look for evidence of an affair between former state health secretary Dennis Smith and his department’s top lawyer.

The attorney’s husband, 60-year-old Andrew Spear, is charged with trying to burn his wife Mary in a fire at his Madison wood shop last summer.

Spear contends that his wife started the fire to prevent him from exposing the purported affair to Smith’s wife. Now, Circuit Judge William Hanrahan said the affair allegations could be, “arguably relevant” to Spear’s contention that the affair was about to be proven, and it influenced her actions in connection with the fire.

The judge told prosecutors to subpoena various records to look for evidence of an affair – but if anything turns up, Hanrahan said it would not be made public. He said there’s no room in his court for, “salacious details.”

Smith vehemently denied having an affair with Mary Spear, even when he left the state Health Services Department a few weeks ago to take a job with a Washington law firm. Mary Spear left the state agency last fall.