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Friday, April 17, 2015

Michigan Legal News

State says specialty courts helpful for defendants
The Detroit News - Apr 16, 2015
...keep them out of trouble, according a report released Thursday by the Michigan Supreme Court. The state's high court found graduates of the specialty...
AG seeks to expose inmate identities in rape suit
The Detroit News - Apr 16, 2015
...class-action notice in attempt to join the 11 John Does. The Michigan Court of Appeals is deciding whether the case can move forward as a class...
Prosecutor appeals sentence in fatal cyclist crash
Detroit Free Press - Apr 17, 2015
...Mike Wendling said his office has filed a claim of appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals regarding the sentence of 38-year-old Tommy Taylor.
Anti-gay auto shop owner fights attempt to license business, claims government intrusion
Grand Rapids Press - - Apr 16, 2015
"We've sent him all the paperwork and all the forms. It's really in his court to come in and take it out. We'll have to decide what way to go if...
Can Mich. shop owner legally refuse gay customers?
Detroit Free Press - Apr 17, 2015
...short answer is the owner probably can, according to WMU Cooley Law School professor Chris Hastings, since there's no statute protecting people...
Senate makes major changes to auto insurance law in fast-moving legislation - Apr 16, 2015
...Department of Insurance and Financial Services to prepare a report for the Legislature. CPAN speculated the appropriation may be in the bill to stop...
Michigan House votes to end February elections - Apr 16, 2015
...elimination plan in a floor speech. "We literally just became the Legislature that took away a voting opportunity for residents," Hoadley, D-Kalamazoo,
Bill to track state workers passes committee
Lansing State Journal (AP) - Apr 17, 2015
...during work hours and using his state vehicle for personal use. Attorney General Bill Schuette charged the employee, Kalamazoo's Werner Noll,
Flint may wind up in court over its water problems
Michigan Radio - Apr 16, 2015
Flint may wind up in court over its water problems In the next month, a Flint attorney expects to file for an injunction to force the city go...
Person who killed federal witness in Saginaw could face death penalty - Apr 16, 2015's linked to the federal case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. "If an investigation reveals that Ms. Howard was murdered because she...
Ex-drug squad member helped feds snare indicted cops
The Detroit News - Apr 16, 2015
...federal agents secretly record conversations via a wiretap, according to court records and two sources familiar with the investigation. The officer...
Officer accused in rough arrest in Inkster fired
The Detroit News - Apr 16, 2015
...six weeks after that, Lewis said. It wasn t until Dent got an attorney and all of the sudden the video is on TV that they decided to fire this...
Petitions filed in bus bullying; mom pushes expulsion
Detroit Free Press - Apr 16, 2015
...harassment. Information about juveniles is not public unless and until a family court judge rules that the petitions will proceed. "The court has wide...
West Bloomfield Twp. man sentenced in cellphone scheme
The Detroit News - Apr 17, 2015
...the culmination of a three-year investigation, according to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of U.S.
Morel mushroom foragers must be certified to sell to the public, state says - Apr 17, 2015
...for five years. "It's a violation of Michigan Food Law for uncertified wild mushroom foragers to sell the mushrooms without certification," said...

National Legal News

White House blasts GOP over Lynch (and vice-versa)
USA Today - Apr 17, 2015
Panel to hear appeal on Obama immigration actions
The Washington Post - Apr 17, 2015
...oral argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Justice Department lawyers will have at least one...
Federal appeals court to take up Obama's executive action on immigration
The Christian Science Monitor - Apr 16, 2015
...immigration On Friday, government lawyers will ask the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to allow the president's executive action on immigration...
Judges question timing of EPA power plant rule challenge
USA Today - Apr 16, 2015 of guessing what a final rule will look like," said U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Thomas B. Griffith. "You're inviting us into a morass."
It’s Very Hard to Punish Cops, Even in Court
Bloomberg - Apr 16, 2015
...police face a different standard than civilians. According to the 1989 Supreme Court case Graham v. Connor, law enforcement officers can justify...


Time for Supreme Court transparency: Column
USA Today - Apr 17, 2015
Time for Supreme Court transparency: Column The American public is best served when all three branches of government are transparent and accessible,
Amicus briefs in the same-sex marriage case
The Washington Post - Apr 16, 2015
...have been filed in , the same-sex marriage case currently before the Supreme Court. I myself am the coauthor of one of the briefs, along with...
The missing piece of the criminal justice reform movement
The Washington Post - Apr 16, 2015 advocacy group that has been targeting judges, state supreme court justices, and other elected officials that it believes are soft...
Change is uncomfortable but absolutely necessary for survival - Apr 17, 2015
...jury argument loses more steam when you take into account that Circuit Court trials here already draw from a countywide pool for cases. And it's...
Editor’s Note: Free Davontae Sanford
The Detroit News - Apr 16, 2015
...Innocence clinic and a similar project at Northwestern University were in court this week with a mountain of evidence that Sanford was wrongfully...
Why Oakland prosecutor took on bus bullies
Detroit Free Press - Apr 16, 2015
...particular case beyond what her petitions say. "It's something the court needs to take jurisdiction of to make sure it never happens again ...
Scott: FOIA means freedom from overcharging
The Detroit News - Apr 16, 2015
...discrepancies across departments, or the fact that our state lawmakers and governor are exempt from public records requests, Michigan has a lot of...
Jim Blocker: Hard questions after death of Walter Scott
Battle Creek Enquirer - Apr 16, 2015
...the officer, nor does it take away from the reality that law enforcement actions are subject to the scrutiny of our constitution and the community...
A bankruptcy attorney's open letter to Grandville auto shop after anti-gay Facebook post - Apr 16, 2015
A bankruptcy attorney's open letter to Grandville auto shop after anti-gay Facebook post Editor's note: The following is an open letter by Grand...

News of interest to Michigan attorneys from SBM

National Death Penalty Archive Will Incorporate Collection of Michigan Attorney Eugene Wanger
SBMBlog - Apr 15, 2015
Not Making Enough Money, Attorneys? Traverse City Seminar Offers Solutions
SBMBlog - Apr 15, 2015
The State Bar of Michigan Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program will offer a seminar, "Attorney Under-Earning: Signs, Causes and Solutions to Help You Start Earning What You're Worth," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 24 at Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City.
SBM Real Property Law Section to Host Summer Conference July 15-18 at the Grand Hotel
SBM Blog - Apr 09, 2015
SBM Real Property Law Section to Host Summer Conference July 15-18 at the Grand Hotel The State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section (RPLS)
Ann Arbor Community High School Wins Mock Trial Tournament
SBM Blog - Apr 07, 2015
Ann Arbor Community High School Wins Mock Trial Tournament Ann Arbor Community High School students claimed victory over University of Detroit...



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