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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Michigan Legal News:

Small Michigan town with 100 police reserves under investigation
The Detroit News - Jul 24, 2014
...investigating a small town with a big auxiliary police force. The Attorney General s Office and the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards want to...
 
Validity of minimum wage, pro-wolf hunt petitions to be decided today
Detroit Free Press - Jul 23, 2014
...like bartenders and waitresses, has been circumvented by a law passed by the Legislature in June, which raised the minimum wage to $9.25 per...
 
Judge: Man accused of slaying Inkster girl, 2, should have been in jail
The Detroit News - Jul 23, 2014
...prison, but I don t know what happened. Jackson s defense attorney Evan Callanan entered a not guilty plea to the charges, which qualified as...
 
'You were all they had,' judge tells Elijah Dillard's mother before severing parental rights
MLive.com - Jul 23, 2014
...and suspected abuse of at least two of his siblings. Barbara Tomcal, attorney for Campbell, painted her client as a victim who was stuck in a...
 
Judge rules oil drilling activities can continue in Scio Township
MLive.com - Jul 23, 2014
...being heard in the wrong court. Bock noted that the Michigan legislature gave jurisdiction to Ingham County Circuit Court for all cases in which...
 
Judge: Meridian Township board followed the law
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Jul 23, 2014
We re very pleased by the judge s decision, township attorney Michael Woodworth said. Attorney Lawrence Nolan, representing the condo owners,
 
Former Portland funeral home director sentenced to 16 months to 4 years in prepaid funeral thefts
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Jul 23, 2014
...tossed out the embezzlement and racketeering convictions after Schrauben's attorney argued the prepaid funeral funds were not owned by Lehman,
 
Warren sued by wedding chapel owner over liquor license transfer denial
The Macomb Daily - Jul 23, 2014
...slated for July 21 was postponed to Oct. 10. Warren City Attorney David Griem was not immediately available for comment for this report. About...
 
New Haven company admits to mortgage-related fraud
The Macomb Daily - Jul 23, 2014
...to pay $75,000 to 24 victims, according to the state attorney general. A New Haven company admitted to accepting money for mortgage-related services...

National Legal News:

Lawyers demand outside probe of two-hour Arizona execution
Reuters News - Jul 24, 2014
...to unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy denied the appeal, and Wood was pronounced...
 
Execution Gone Awry Prompts Concern Over Dubious Lethal-Injection Drugs
Time Magazine - Jul 24, 2014
...attempts to save his life. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court had approved the execution after a lower court ruled that Arizona, in refusing...
 
No Panic as Ruling on Obamacare Subsidies Likely to Be Benign
Washington Post - Bloomberg - Jul 23, 2014
...fear that this ruling is going to prevail, especially at the Supreme Court. Fitch Ratings said in a note to clients yesterday that confusion...
 
Why the White House thinks it will win latest Obamacare legal battle
The Christian Science Monitor - Jul 23, 2014
...was responding to a 2-to-1 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that Americans enrolled in Obamacare through the...
 
Fraudalent applications for Obamacare subsidies succeeding, audit finds
The Christian Science Monitor - Jul 23, 2014
...by the Obama administration, and on the same day, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., upheld the exact provision that the other...
 
Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency
NPR Blogs - Jul 23, 2014
...disclosure outweigh the free speech issues. They point out that the Supreme Court has agreed with that proposition, including a passage in the...
 
U.S. judge strikes down Colorado gay marriage ban
USA Today - Jul 23, 2014
...so the issue could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court though both agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional. The...
 
Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case
The Washington Post - Jul 24, 2014
 
FAA Lifts Its Ban on Flights to Israel
Time Magazine - Jul 24, 2014
 
Wal-Mart Told by Court to Turn Over Bribery Probe Files
Bloomberg - Jul 23, 2014
...of alleged bribes tied to Mexican real-estate deals, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled. The court today upheld a lower-court decision in favor...

Opinion:

You’ve probably never heard of one of the worst Supreme Court decisions
The Washington Post - Jul 24, 2014
You ve probably never heard of one of the worst Supreme Court decisions (BIGSTOCK) Forty years ago this month, the Supreme Court released one...
 
“The City of Warren cannot allow” access to space by a group “intending to … discourage the practice of religion”
The Washington Post - Jul 23, 2014
...UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth...
 
Tim Skubick: Is Attorney General Bill Schuette vulnerable in this election?
MLive.com - Jul 24, 2014
Tim Skubick: Is Attorney General Bill Schuette vulnerable in this election? Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette compiled what appears to...
 
Michigan's Prop 1 is good reform
The Detroit News - Jul 24, 2014
...personal property tax this year. This session, the Indiana Legislature for the first time gave localities the autonomy to offer an exemption...
 
Giving Detroiters a tax break
Bridge - Jul 24, 2014
...no-win situation, said Douglas Bernstein, a prominent bankruptcy attorney who has been following the Detroit filing. Orr could reasonably suggest...
 
Why the DC Circuit’s interpretation of the ACA in Halbig v. Burwell is far from “absurd”
The Washington Post - Jul 24, 2014
...recent controversial decision in Halbig v. Burwell, the US Court of appeals for the DC Circuit ruled that people purchasing health insurance...
 
Is sexual orientation discrimination like discrimination based on race? sex? religion? politics? appearance?
The Washington Post - Jul 23, 2014
...UCLA, he clerked for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth...
 
Why the NSA Keeps Tracking People Even After They're Dead
The Atlantic - Jul 24, 2014
 
When may a felon, who is generally barred from possessing a gun, get it to break up a fight?
The Washington Post - Jul 23, 2014
...four-part test is too stringent in light of the United States Supreme Court s holding in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment...
 
What Parents Can Learn From Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Will
Time Magazine - Jul 23, 2014
...tolerance, one (disinherited) granddaughter wrote in a brief to the Illinois Supreme Court. The verdict? Too bad. The judge found no reason why...

News of interest to Michigan attorneys from SBM

Celebrate Diversity, Dance and Network at the SBM Annual Meeting in September
SBM Blog - Jul 23, 2014
Celebrate Diversity, Dance and Network at the SBM Annual Meeting in September Join the State Bar of Michigan to celebrate the growing diversity...
 
Learn to find great tech at a low price at the SBM Solo & Small Firm Institute
SBM Blog - Jul 22, 2014
Learn to find great tech at a low price at the SBM Solo & Small Firm Institute Noted technology cheapskate journalist Rick Broida will teach...
 
In Memoriam: David K. Page
SBM Blog - Jul 18, 2014
In Memoriam: David K. Page David K. Page, a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, passed away on July 1 at the age of 80. David K.
 
2014 SBM Economics of Law Practice Survey results posted online
SBM Blog - Jul 17, 2014
2014 SBM Economics of Law Practice Survey results posted online The 2014 State Bar of Michigan Economics of Law Practice survey report has been...
 
SBM Committee and Sections to Present Seminar to Empower Senior Citizens in Estate Planning Decisions Starting Aug. 6 in 51 Counties
State Bar of Michigan - Jul 17, 2014
SBM Committee and Sections to Present Seminar to Empower Senior Citizens in Estate Planning Decisions Starting Aug. 6 in 51 Counties Members...
     

 

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