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SBM NewsLinks will be on hiatus from Monday, December 22, 2014, through Friday, January 2, 2015. The newsletter will resume on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Michigan Legal News

AG Bill Schuette: 14 people charged in connection with meningitis outbreak that killed 23 Michigan residents
Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com - Dec 17, 2014
...connection with meningitis outbreak that killed 23 Michigan residents State Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office teamed up with multiple...
Michigan lame-duck watch: Last chance for road funding, medical marijuana bills and more
MLive.com - Dec 18, 2014
...more LANSING, MI It s the end of the road for the Michigan Legislature s 2013-14 legislative session, which is set to conclude with final LANSING,
Michigan religious freedom bill stalls in lame-duck session
Detroit Free Press - Dec 17, 2014
...supporting the bill and Democrats opposing it. Supporters say it has been federal law for 20 years as well as established law in 19 states. It's...
Snyder OKs rule establishing paternity for welfare
The Detroit News - Dec 17, 2014
...Lansing Gov. Lansing Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills into law that lay down new rules aimed at establishing paternity and making fathers more...
New Michigan law certifies former felons as employable, aims to reduce prison re-entry
MLive.com - Dec 17, 2014
New Michigan law certifies former felons as employable, aims to reduce prison re-entry LANSING, MI -- Gov. LANSING, MI -- Gov. Rick Snyder on...
Federal appeals court allows forced injections of Flint man accused of threatening lawmakers
Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com - Dec 17, 2014
Federal appeals court allows forced injections of Flint man accused of threatening lawmakers FLINT, MI -- A federal appeals court has upheld...
Saugatuck: ACLU 'creating drama' in dispute over street performers
Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com - Dec 17, 2014
...Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of two college students - one spent a weekend in jail this...
Snyder appoints judge to 61st District Court
Grand Rapids Business Journal - Dec 17, 2014
Snyder appoints judge to 61st District Court Governor Rick Snyder has appointed a judge to the 61st District Court in Grand Rapids. Governor...
Snyder: Education reforms coming in January
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Dec 17, 2014
...re off the list. The reforms are expected to be announced during the governor s Jan. 20 State of the State address. Whether a specific reform...
Gov. Rick Snyder: Speculation over presidential bid shows Michigan 'had a good 2014'
MLive.com - Dec 17, 2014
...the Capitol on proposals to amend the state's anti-discrimination law to include the LGBT community. And he doesn't support immediately cutting...
Michigan Mom Charged With Child Abuse For Giving Sons Marijuana
CBS Detroit - Dec 17, 2014
...Wexford County, attended a pretrial conference Tuesday in 84th District Court in Cadillac. She s charged with delivery/manufacture of marijuana...
Forgiveness from family of woman killed in OUIL crash leads to no jail time for driver
MLive.com - Dec 18, 2014
...Brinkmeier hoped would happen. In statements to Kent County Circuit Court Judge George Buth, Brinkmeier s mother and siblings said they believed...
Michigan officials seek tips in illegal moose kill - Petoskey News-Review: State-region
Petoskey News-Review - Dec 17, 2014
Michigan does not have a moose hunting season and moose are protected under state law. Penalties for killing moose include up to 90 days in jail, a...

National Legal News

2014 in review: An unsettling year, with religion in a starring role
The Washington Post - Dec 17, 2014
...was under attack. In Greece v. Galloway, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld sectarian prayers at public meetings, and the justices also ruled 5-4
Some conservatives urging right not to serve gays on religious grounds
The Washington Post - Dec 17, 2014
...law. The initial wave was a result of a pair of Supreme Court decisions, including one upholding a state decision to deny unemployment benefits...
Florida judge grants a landmark same-sex divorce
Reuters US News - Dec 17, 2014
...when it is filed. Earlier this week, Bondi asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a federal judge's ruling that could allow same-sex marriages...
Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Drivers Licenses For "Dreamers"
NPR Blogs - Dec 18, 2014
Supreme Court Refuses To Block Arizona Drivers Licenses For "Dreamers" i i Arizona hoped an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court would prevent the...
Workers Fired for Being Obese May Sue Bosses, Court Says
Bloomberg Businessweek - Dec 18, 2014
AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect
The Herald Palladium - Dec 18, 2014
...left. Her husband pleaded guilty to assault and was ordered by a judge to take anger management classes and stay away from his wife. Convinced...
State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths
Huron Daily Tribune (AP) - Dec 17, 2014
Did not provide data. AP learned of one case from a public criminal court file. Nebraska: 2, from fiscal year 2008 through 2012 (missing 2013)
The rush-job conviction of 14-year-old George Stinney, exonerated 70 years after execution
The Washington Post - Dec 18, 2014
...parents, without an attorney. (Miranda v. Arizona, the landmark Supreme Court case guaranteeing the right to counsel wouldn t be decided for another...
Myriad Loses Appeals Court Bid to Block Breast Cancer Tests
Bloomberg Businessweek - Dec 17, 2014
...nature that aren t eligible for legal protection, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said in an opinion posted today on the court...
Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats
The Herald Palladium - Dec 17, 2014
...was still analyzing messages from the group. The warning did prompt law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles to address measures to ramp up...
Dog owner’s will: Let him die with me
Detroit Free Press - Dec 18, 2014
...what might happen to her good boy after she was gone. Ley s attorney, Douglas Denmure, is an Aurora attorney trying to fulfill Ley s wishes.

Opinions

Tim Skubick: The debate over fixing roads takes twists and turns - but no taxes yet
MLive.com - Dec 18, 2014
...vote of the citizens. He said in no uncertain terms that the legislature had to pass its own revenue increase first, just in case the voters...
‘Serial’ missed its chance to show how unfair the criminal justice system really is
The Washington Post - Dec 17, 2014
...have to hope for an exceptional prosecutor to get a fair shake. The Supreme Court ruled in the 1963 case Brady v. Maryland that if a prosecutor...
When Cops Don't Know the Law
The Atlantic - Dec 17, 2014
When Cops Don't Know the Law On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that police stops are legal when the officer has a "reasonable suspicion" that...
Phil Power: History made by those who show up
Livingston Daily - Dec 18, 2014
...bankruptcy. In addition, it was he who persuaded smaller politicians in the Legislature to support to the "grand bargain" to save Detroit. Next,
Our View: Falling gas prices have broad implications
The Holland Sentinel - Dec 18, 2014
...and international in scope, but they indicate that the old-fashioned law of supply and demand still applies. World oil production is rising,
Kolka: Parents and bullying
The Detroit News - Dec 17, 2014
...Department of Education. In Michigan, Matt s Safe School Law requires schools to investigate and deal with complaints involving bullying. Third,

News of interest to Michigan attorneys from SBM

New Materials Offer More Information About Best Practices for Language Access in Michigan Courts
SBM Blog - Dec 18, 2014
...Offer More Information About Best Practices for Language Access in Michigan Courts An audio recording and materials from a program outlining...
SBM Encourages Michigan Attorneys to Volunteer on MLK Day
SBM Blog - Dec 17, 2014
SBM Encourages Michigan Attorneys to Volunteer on MLK Day All Michigan attorneys are encouraged to participate in a day of service on the upcoming...
SBM Now Accepting Journalism Nominations for McCree Awards
SBM Blog - Dec 10, 2014
SBM Now Accepting Journalism Nominations for McCree Awards Nominations are now open for the State Bar of Michigan's 41st Annual Wade H. McCree...
Michael Gadola appointed to Michigan Court of Appeals
SBM Blog - Dec 05, 2014
Michael Gadola appointed to Michigan Court of Appeals Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Michael Gadola to the Michigan Court of Appeals seat...
Hon. Pamela L. Lightvoet Named Business Court Judge
SBM Blog - Dec 02, 2014
Hon. Pamela L. Lightvoet Named Business Court Judge Effective immediately, the Michigan Supreme Court has assigned Hon. Effective immediately,
Michigan Supreme Court Issues Order Announcing New E-Filing System
SBM Blog - Dec 01, 2014
Michigan Supreme Court Issues Order Announcing New E-Filing System The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order on Friday, Nov. 28, stating that...

 

 

 

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