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Friday, January 30, 2015

Michigan Legal News

Officer Joseph Weekley's case to be dismissed
Detroit Free Press - Jan 29, 2015
...Weekley, 38, is expected to appear before Wayne County Circuit Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway this morning for a hearing in the Frank Murphy Hall...
 
State elevator inspector charged with fraud
Woodtv.com - Jan 30, 2015
...elevators for the state of Michigan has been charged with fraud. The attorney general s office filed fraud charges against Werner Noll, 63, on...
 
Bias complaints at Daimler plant settled for $2.4M
The Detroit News - Jan 29, 2015
...to participate in the settlement and plan to take their cases to court. Burton said it is company policy not to comment on pending litigation.
 
Honda investigates 6th potential air bag death
The Detroit News - Jan 29, 2015
Honda admitted in November it violated two sections of a 2000 federal law that requires automakers to disclose reports to NHTSA. The company has...
 
Prosecution's claim of Chinese 'gang' at MSU disputed
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Jan 29, 2015
...that are not clear. But one student, testifying Thursday in Ingham County Circuit Court, said it's more like a group of friends who hang out,
 
Chinese gang at MSU? Prosecution in assault trial says no
Detroit Free Press - Jan 30, 2015
...are not as clear. But one student, testifying Thursday in Ingham County Circuit Court, said it s more like a group of friends who hang out, eat...
 
5 takeaways from Muskegon interview with Michigan Department of Corrections director Dan Heyns
MLive.com - Jan 30, 2015
...later in Indiana. That led to an investigation by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office, revealing multiple failures of personnel...
 
State police testing drone to support public safety
Livingston Daily - Jan 29, 2015
...SkyRanger in September 2013 in the hopes of using the drone to support law enforcement missions. It was selected because "of its high rating in...
 
Settlement reached in man’s death in Key West
The Detroit News - Jan 30, 2015
...Birch Run, Mich., sued the city in April in federal court, claiming excessive force killed the unarmed man and that officers conspired to cover...
 
Settlement reached in school employee lawsuit alleging Kent ISD violated Family and Medical Leave Act
MLive.com - Jan 29, 2015
...discharged in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act, according to court documents filed Thursday, Jan. 29. The settlement, details of...
 
Detroit health set plan to drop some retirees
The Detroit News - Jan 29, 2015
...legal opinions and at least one public safety union to vow a court appeal. Mark Young, president of the Detroit Police Lieutenants & Sergeants...
 
Bernero softens BWL proposals
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Jan 29, 2015
...in the city and suburbs Clarify the role of BWL's in-house attorney "to provide a clear chain of command and accountability." "There will be...
 
Turning to the lawyer
The Herald Palladium - Jan 30, 2015
Turning to the lawyer Watervliet mayor checks whether he can return as manager WATERVLIET - Mayor Dave Brinker is seeking legal answers related...
 
Lawsuit blames faulty smoke detectors in death of Kalamazoo woman in 2013 apartment fire
Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com - Jan 30, 2015
...died in a 2013 fire is taking the owners of a Kalamazoo apartment complex to court KALAMAZOO, MI The daughter of a 61-year-old woman who died...
 
Former hotel general manager pleads guilty to wire fraud in $872,000 credit card scheme
MLive.com - Jan 30, 2015
entered the plea on Thursday, Jan. 29, before U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids. As part of a plea agreement, 14 additional counts...
 
County wants U-M students charged in ski resort vandalism
Detroit Free Press - Jan 29, 2015
...or direct the county prosecutor to go forward with this to the full extent of the law," Johnson said. "We said yes, we're not going to sweep...
 
Lottery cracking down on retailers with winning tickets
The Detroit News - Jan 29, 2015
The specific retailers under investigation were not named in the report. Michigan law conceals the identity of people who win more than $10,000...
 
Jackson residents likely won't have say on road repair tax, officials vote down proposal again
MLive.com - Jan 29, 2015
...to be included on the ballot. The language must also be approved by the state attorney general's and governor's offices. "I've sent a courtesy...
 
Homeowners facing foreclosure flock to Cobo Center
The Detroit News - Jan 29, 2015
...all properties that are at least three years late in taxes. By law, those properties are supposed to be foreclosed. But since 2005, Wojtowicz...
 
U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Rosen to discuss Detroit bankruptcy at K-College on Feb. 5
MLive.com - Jan 29, 2015
U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Rosen to discuss Detroit bankruptcy at K-College on Feb. 5 KALAMAZOO, MI Gerald Rosen, Chief Judge of the United...

National Legal News

Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe
NPR Blogs - Jan 29, 2015
 
Breakingviews: U.S. insider trading cops risk pasting from bench
Reuters US News - Jan 29, 2015
...aggressive view of the law has already irked appeals judges, and the Supreme Court may be next. Justice Antonin Scalia may get his long-sought...
 
Should Veterans With PTSD Be Exempt From the Death Penalty?
The Atlantic - Jan 30, 2015
...Harvard University's psychology department, told Reuters. The Supreme Court has ruled that executing people with severe mental illness is unconstitutional.
 
Texas Executes Man After Supreme Court Rejects Impairment Argument
Time Magazine - Jan 29, 2015
Texas Executes Man After Supreme Court Rejects Impairment Argument Robert Ladd was convicted of killing a woman nearly two decades ago while...
 
Louisiana inmate with case before top U.S. court freed after 30 years
Reuters US News - Jan 29, 2015
A Louisiana inmate whose case for leniency is before the U.S. Supreme Court was freed from prison on Thursday after NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A...
 
Senate Prepares To OK Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat
NPR Blogs - Jan 29, 2015
...to approve a similar measure. That vote came the same day as Nebraska's Supreme Court paved the way for the 1,179-mile pipeline to go ahead.
 
Canadian lottery loser loses again
The Washington Post - Jan 30, 2015
...and a lot of money trying to collect it. On Thursday, the Canadian Supreme Court dismissed his appeal. It was a nice try that got him nowhere.

Opinions

Big cases, but little room at court: Column
USA Today - Jan 29, 2015
...room at court: Column The dignified calm of the U.S. Supreme Court was broken recently when seven protesters, one after another, rose to shout...
 
Legislation Seeks to Put Cameras in Federal Courts
The Law Blogger - Jan 30, 2015
...U.S. Supreme Court. Despite occasional pressure from the legislature, and with three quarters of the American public indicating approval of placing...
 
How to reform (and how not to reform) laws governing police raids
The Washington Post - Jan 30, 2015
...themselves, but it s not clear what that means. According to a 2003 Supreme Court decision, the relevant question is not how long it takes to answer the...
 
Police radar vs. your home: Our view
USA Today - Jan 29, 2015
...high-tech tool without bothering to get a judge's approval. The Supreme Court has stopped the practice at least twice, once with a thermal imaging...
 
Devices protect officers' safety: Opposing view
USA Today - Jan 29, 2015
...your home, police should get a warrant As established in a 1980 Supreme Court decision (Payton v. New York), law enforcement officers enforcing...
 
Rethink the business of DUIs
The Detroit News - Jan 29, 2015
...Michigan State Police. This means tens of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens are potentially at risk of finding themselves now with...
 
Susan J. Demas: Is Michigan's road-funding ballot question dead on arrival?
MLive.com - Jan 30, 2015
...heard about why you should vote for the $1 billion tax increase since the Legislature took action in mid-December? I thought so. In a way, it's...
 
Tim Skubick: The four untouchable areas of the next state budget
MLive.com - Jan 30, 2015
...his backyard says, We ve seen the pain that has been created by the governor s extreme cuts in 2011. Now is the time to protect higher ed. While...
 
In right to work era, unions must add more value
The Detroit News - Jan 29, 2015
...Bureau of Labor Statistics, and say this was the intent when a Republican Legislature passed right to work in late 2012. But intent aside, the new...
 
Marriage Equality Without Equivocation
The Atlantic - Jan 29, 2015
Marriage Equality Without Equivocation Unless the Supreme Court firmly declares that gay couples deserve equal protection, it risks encouraging...
 
India has outlawed homosexuality. But it’s better to be transgender there than in the U.S.
The Washington Post - Jan 29, 2015
...unexpected place: socially conservative South Asia. There, the Indian Supreme Court has deemed homosexuality a crime. But in a revolutionary ruling...

News of interest to Michigan attorneys from SBM

Judicial Vacancy—17th Circuit Court, Kent County
State Bar of Michigan - Jan 26, 2015
Judicial Vacancy 17th Circuit Court, Kent County Court: 17th Circuit Court, Kent County Location: Kent County Judge Vacating: Former Judge James...
 
Michigan Supreme Court Appoints Chief Judges
SBM Blog - Jan 23, 2015
Michigan Supreme Court Appoints Chief Judges The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed a number of chief judges to courts across the state for...
 
Free Expanded Member Profiles Now Available
State Bar of Michigan - Jan 22, 2015
Free Expanded Member Profiles Now Available The State Bar of Michigan is pleased to announce a new member benefit a free expanded State Bar member...
 
Enter the SBM Law Day Contest for the Chance to Win $3,000 in Prizes
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Enter the SBM Law Day Contest for the Chance to Win $3,000 in Prizes The third annual State Bar of Michigan Law Day creative contest is now open...
 
SBM Practice Management Resource Center to Present "Boot Camp: Starting a 21st Century Law Firm" Feb. 23 in Lansing
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Michigan Supreme Court Makes Appointments to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions
SBM Blog - Jan 06, 2015
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