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Friday, November 21, 2014

Michigan Legal News

Going paperless: Jackson County Clerk's Office and circuit court experiencing growing pains trying digital approach
MLive.com - Nov 21, 2014
...are nearing the end of use for pilot e-filing programs, Michigan Supreme Court Communications Director John Nevin said. Beginning in 2007, e-filing...
 
Michigan prisoner loses air mattress: federal appeals court
MLive.com - Nov 20, 2014
...with an air mattress as well as the brace. Boone s former attorney, Geoffrey Weed, said the air mattress relieves ongoing agony and has been...
 
Will GOP change the rules on voting for president?
Detroit Free Press - Nov 20, 2014
A bill similar to Lund s is before the Republican-controlled Legislature in Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral votes and like Michigan has...
 
Democrats once pulled the same electoral college stunt
Detroit Free Press - Nov 20, 2014
Republicans, who before the election unsuccesfully fought the measure in both the Michigan Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court, also regained...
 
AG involved in electric rate cases in U.P.
The Mining Journal - Nov 20, 2014
...electric rate cases in U.P. MARQUETTE - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is challenging two proposed utility rate increases before the...
 
Giant 'horse' visits Saginaw, leads father-son charge to keep term limits in Michigan Legislature
Saginaw News - MLive.com - Nov 20, 2014
...Saginaw, leads father-son charge to keep term limits in Michigan Legislature SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI State Sen. SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI State Sen.
 
$47.6 million spent on TV ads in Michigan governor’s race
The Morning Sun - Nov 20, 2014
$47.6 million spent on TV ads in Michigan governor s race Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer greets supporters after giving...
 
Judge won’t intervene in water shutoff controversy
The Detroit News - Nov 20, 2014
...critics of the city s water shutoff program. Alice Jennings, an attorney representing about 10 city residents, sought to have the judge issue a...
 
Did U-M violate the Michigan Open Meetings Act by disallowing the public after BAMN protest?
MLive.com - Nov 20, 2014
...actual and exemplary damages up to $500, plus court costs and attorney fees. All decisions made by governing bodies while in violation of the...
 
Happy's Pizza founder guilty of tax fraud, evasion
The Detroit News - Nov 20, 2014
...Enforcement Agency. Senior Litigation Counsel Corey Smith and Trial Attorney Mark McDonald for the Justice Department's Tax Division prosecuted...
 
Fatal road-rage shooting decision pending today
Detroit Free Press - Nov 21, 2014
...firing of the pistol in connection with the fatal shooting. Zale s attorney, Melissa Pearce, and family said the defendant had every right to...
 
Witness: Gentz was 'scared to death' after Jane's murder
Detroit Free Press - Nov 20, 2014
...strangled" and kept crying. Virgona said he suggested Gentz ask for a lawyer and a plea bargain. Gentz since has been convicted of second-degree...
 
Armed Mt. Morris woman arrested at White House
Detroit Free Press - Nov 21, 2014
...statements. It isn't immediately clear whether Lenhart has an attorney. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material...

National Legal News

US Supreme Court refuses to block SC gay marriages
Midland Daily News - Nov 20, 2014
...Carolina. The high court on Thursday denied a request by Republican Attorney General Alan Wilson. He had wanted the marriages blocked while he...
 
Montana gay couples exchange vows after ban tossed
The Daily Mining Gazette - Nov 20, 2014
...state, and are relieved they can now do so in her home state. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox plans to appeal Wednesday's ruling from U.S. District...
 
Appeals court order keeps Mississippi's sole abortion clinic open
Reuters US News - Nov 20, 2014
...meet. A three-member panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in July upheld a lower court ruling blocking the law as a legal challenge...
 
Ruling expected on New Jersey sports betting
The Mining Journal - Nov 21, 2014
...betting, it called for not enforcing the state's ban. The Legislature followed with a bill to lift the ban as it pertains to casinos and tracks.
 
Republican River states pledge to cooperate more
Bloomberg Businessweek - Nov 20, 2014
...each state is entitled to have wound up before the U.S. Supreme Court numerous times. Nebraska is entitled to 49 percent of the water, Kansas...
 
Lax Oversight Lets Men Pose as Women to Win Government Contracts
Bloomberg Businessweek - Nov 20, 2014
 
First take: Echoes of Bush in Obama's immigration speech
The Detroit News - Nov 21, 2014
...spending bill to limit his executive action. Efforts to get an attorney general confirmed much less a Supreme Court nominee just got more difficult.
 
Bill advances to restore death by firing squad in Utah
Reuters US News - Nov 20, 2014
...insisting his death sentence be carried out. This came after the Supreme Court the previous year upheld various death penalty statutes, ending a...
 
Ohio ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bill Gets Panel’s OK
Time Magazine - Nov 20, 2014
...provoke a legal challenge with the potential to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion up until...
 
University tuition hikes signal political fight
Midland Daily News - Nov 20, 2014
...not seen in four years between themselves and the governor and the Legislature, at a time when the governor was more amenable to more funding,"
 
Judge overturns death penalty for Wyoming inmate
The Washington Post - Nov 20, 2014
Montana. His lawyers appealed to a federal judge after the Wyoming Supreme Court upheld the death sentence. The lawyers argued that Eaton s state...
 
Judge to hear arguments over Illinois pension reform law
Reuters News - Nov 20, 2014
...on its pension payments over the years, are enforceable through the Illinois Supreme Court. Although it was slated to take effect on June 1,
 
Florida State shooter went from liked to troubled
Midland Daily News - Nov 21, 2014
...trying to figure out how he changed from being a well-liked young attorney to a would-be killer, stopped only by a fusillade of police bullets.
 
Man in prison 19 years freed after claim recanted
The Daily Mining Gazette - Nov 21, 2014
...Department of Corrections." "He was all smiles," said Brock's lawyer, public defender Patrick O'Connor. "His brother was there to pick him up...
 
Union: Ferguson officer does not expect charges
Detroit Free Press - Nov 20, 2014
...after some people threw rocks and Molotov cocktails. Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for Brown's family, described the investigation as an "emotional...

Opinions

Tim Skubick: Can LGBT civil rights advocates get the legislative votes?
MLive.com - Nov 21, 2014
...the gender identity language. Anyone who opposes that in the legislature now runs the risk of facing opposition from gays and business leaders.
 
Howes: Bankruptcy reveals true leaders
The Detroit News - Nov 20, 2014
...municipal bankruptcy in American history and rally a bipartisan majority of the Legislature to fund the "grand bargain?" Would Dave Bing, much...
 
Playing chicken with lame duck
Detroit Free Press - Nov 20, 2014
...arise during lame duck what the Senate might pass, what the governor might want, what some outside interest might want, the Democratic leader...
 
Ferguson's challenge goes beyond race: Column
USA Today - Nov 20, 2014
 
Where's your ghost story license? Column
USA Today - Nov 20, 2014
...federal court came to the opposite conclusion. The U.S. Supreme Court is now being asked to review and reverse the decision upholding New Orleans'

News of interest to Michigan attorneys from SBM

Board of Law Examiners posts July 2014 bar exam results by seat number
SBM Blog - Nov 06, 2014
Board of Law Examiners posts July 2014 bar exam results by seat number The Board of Law Examiners has posted a list of people who have passed...
 
Lawyers: When you get overwhelmed, don't forget about the State Bar's Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program
SBM Blog - Nov 04, 2014
Lawyers: When you get overwhelmed, don't forget about the State Bar's Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program Sometimes being a lawyer can be really,
 
Check out Michigan's July 2014 Bar Exam Passage Rates by School
SBM Blog - Nov 18, 2014
Check out Michigan's July 2014 Bar Exam Passage Rates by School Download July 2014 Before Appeals (PDF) Download July 2014 Before Appeals (PDF)
 
SBM launches Patent Pro Bono Project
Legal News - Nov 07, 2014
SBM launches Patent Pro Bono Project The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section and Pro Bono Initiative will launch the Michigan...
 
Michigan Board of Law Examiners Posts Previous Bar Exam Statistics Online
SBM Blog - Oct 31, 2014
Michigan Board of Law Examiners Posts Previous Bar Exam Statistics Online Curious about Michigan's bar exam passing rates from previous exams?
 
SBM Practice Management Resource Center to Present “Bootcamp: Starting a 21st Century Law Firm” Nov. 13 in Auburn Hills
State Bar of Michigan - Oct 30, 2014
SBM Practice Management Resource Center to Present Bootcamp: Starting a 21st Century Law Firm Nov. 13 in Auburn Hills The State Bar of Michigan...
 
SBM Business Law Section Will Discuss Government Investigations Nov. 20 in Troy
State Bar of Michigan - Oct 28, 2014
SBM Business Law Section Will Discuss Government Investigations Nov. 20 in Troy The State Bar of Michigan Business Law Section s Commercial Litigation...
 
Could conflict among employees be the greatest strength of your firm or organization?
SBM Blog - Oct 28, 2014
Could conflict among employees be the greatest strength of your firm or organization? Margaret Heffernan discusses the importance of conflict...

 

 

 

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