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SBM NewsLinks will be on hiatus Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The State Bar of Michigan wishes all readers a very happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Michigan Legal News

Court will hear Mich. mercury appeal
Livingston Daily - Nov 26, 2014
Court will hear Mich. mercury appeal Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and other opponents of federal regulations to cut toxic emissions...
U.S. top court to weigh challenge to Obama mercury air pollution rule
Reuters US News - Nov 25, 2014
...mercury air pollution rule WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh a challenge by industry groups and some states...
Marquette gathers partners in We Energies tax dispute
The Mining Journal - Nov 25, 2014's position among signing members of the agreement. Marquette City Attorney Ronald Keefe said the case was filed solely against the city, but...
Hazel Park couple at center of gay marriage case among families at Adoption Day
The Oakland Press - Nov 25, 2014
...just as if they were born to you, each judge said. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Zahra and Justice-Elect Richard Bernstein attended...
Michigan Adoption Day in Washtenaw County gives 10 children new official homes - Nov 26, 2014
...home forever, like they are meant to be together." Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget McCormak officiated at half of the adoption hearings...
'A very big gift': Adoptions of six children finalized in Kalamazoo as part of Michigan Adoption Day - Nov 25, 2014
...inspiring times that my colleagues and I have each year," said Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman, who attended the Adoption Day...
Lansing area families welcome new members
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Nov 25, 2014
and Analeah, 2 at today s Adoption Day ceremony at the Michigan Supreme Court Hall of Justice. The younger girls previously lived in Lansing...
State takes step toward buying new Senate offices
The Mining Journal - Nov 26, 2014 space. Legislation paving the way for current Senate building's sale hasn't cleared the Legislature. Senators could move offices in a year.
Lawmaker pitches road fix, no tax hike
Livingston Daily - Nov 26, 2014
...schools. Bolger, R-Marshall, who will not be returning to the Legislature next year because of term limits, revealed his latest plan as the House prepares...
Lame-duck laws could impact schools
The Detroit News - Nov 25, 2014
...government activities. The current lame-duck session of the Legislature could be different, especially in terms of education legislation. One...
Prosecutor Worthy inspires ABC drama project
Livingston Daily - Nov 26, 2014
...Murder, plans to produce an ABC drama project about a strong female attorney. The lawyer who inspired the project? Worthy, known according to...
Police documents still not given to defense attorney 3 months after murder mistrial - Nov 25, 2014
Police documents still not given to defense attorney 3 months after murder mistrial JACKSON, MI Nearly three months after Eldon Huffman's mistrial,
Wayne Co. residents get 5 more months to pay tax debts
Detroit Free Press - Nov 25, 2014
...that they are now," Tlaib said. She hopes the state Legislature passes a bill to relieve taxpayers from state-mandated interest and penalties...
Warren Mayor Fouts wants PPT phase out halted
Detroit Free Press - Nov 25, 2014
...was nothing more than talking points for the proposal." The Legislature passed the phase out of the personal property tax on business office...
Howell extends marijuana dispensary moratorium
Livingston Daily - Nov 26, 2014
...month. They decided to wait through the lame-duck session of the Legislature, City Manager Shea Charles said. If the Legislature takes no action,

National Legal News

Do Free-Speech Rights Apply on Facebook?
Bloomberg - Nov 26, 2014
...he might kill his wife. Now his case is before the U.S. Supreme Court, which will consider for the first time how free-speech rights apply on...
U.S. justices to consider police conduct in arrest of disabled woman
Reuters News - Nov 25, 2014
...disabled woman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider whether police officers were required under federal...
Michigan joins 20 other states to ask federal appeals court to rule Maryland gun-control law unconstitutional - Nov 25, 2014
...bipartisan group of states in this amicus brief, wrote West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in a statement issued on Nov. 18 regarding...
Election Ad Rule Keeping Donors Secret Is Thrown Out Again
Bloomberg - Nov 25, 2014
...paid for by disclosed contributions, a restriction later invalidated by the Supreme Court s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. FEC. American...
Arkansas, Mississippi gay marriage bans overturned
The Mining Journal - Nov 26, 2014
Jr., knew firsthand their truth." Barnett Jr. is an attorney and son of segregationist Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett, who was in office from...
Domestic violence in NYC reflects the world
Midland Daily News - Nov 25, 2014
...Day to End Violence Against Women on Tuesday, New York City's top lawyer Maya Wiley also said "it's really a staggering fact that 40 percent...
Prosecutor faces new criticism over Ferguson case
The Mining Journal - Nov 26, 2014
...the sentiment of those that presented the evidence," Anthony Gray, an attorney for Brown's family, said at a news conference. Gray questioned,
Tough to make a case against police in shootings
The Detroit News - Nov 25, 2014
...patrols a majority-black city, said Lori Lightfoot, a Chicago lawyer who used to investigate police shootings for the department there. Take any...
Police tactics in Ferguson puzzle residents, experts
Detroit Free Press - Nov 25, 2014
...stopped this?" Kinder said Tuesday on Fox News. "The governor owes the people of Missouri a lot of explanations on that beginning this morning."
In his own words: What Wilson told grand jury
Detroit Free Press - Nov 25, 2014
...using this (left) hand to block and all that." FREEP Lawyer for Michael Brown's family blasts prosecutor FREEP Ferguson cop Wilson: Brown came...
Hundreds march in Ann Arbor against police violence, injustice in Ferguson - Nov 25, 2014
...witnessed the death of justice on Monday. It's not a cop issue or a lawyer issue, he said, but a human issue. "I just saw beautiful people shut...
GVSU students protest decision not to indict Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown - Nov 25, 2014
...also criticized the way in which St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury s decision not to indict Wilson.
Ohio bill seeks extra retail pay on Thanksgiving
Detroit Free Press - Nov 26, 2014
The Ohio proposal, from a Democrat in a Republican-controlled Legislature, is unlikely to progress beyond the first hearing it got last week.
Germany to require 30 pct women in top boardrooms
Bloomberg Businessweek - Nov 26, 2014
Pakistan TV mogul gets 26 years' jail for blasphemy
Reuters US News - Nov 26, 2014
...on its front page on Wednesday that it would appeal to the Supreme Court against both the verdict and sentence. Pakistani media has become increasingly...


Plan B needed for Obamacare subsidies
The Detroit News - Nov 25, 2014
...should start looking for alternative coverage. Fortunately, the Legislature enacted Healthy Michigan in April. The expanded Medicaid program...
America’s unfinished business in Ferguson
Detroit Free Press - Nov 25, 2014 With demonstrators calling for an indictment and the governor of Missouri calling in military reinforcements against the prospect of civil...
Why our food = our politics
USA Today - Nov 26, 2014
Guest column: Veto e-cigarette bills and classify vapor products as tobacco - Nov 25, 2014
...e-cigarettes are a safe alternative. Here in Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder has highlighted infant mortality as a key indicator for public health...
Guest column: Gov. Snyder should sign common sense e-cigarette bills - Nov 25, 2014
...the common sense legislation passed overwhelmingly by both houses of the legislature earlier this year that would ban the sale of the products...
George Will: Have a politically correct Thanksgiving
The Holland Sentinel - Nov 26, 2014 This year, for example, we learned that California's Legislature includes 93 persons who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the...

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Check out Michigan's July 2014 Bar Exam Passage Rates by School
SBM Blog - Nov 18, 2014
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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...
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,




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