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Friday, April 24, 2015

Michigan Legal News

Effort to pay wrongfully convicted gets another push
Detroit Free Press - Apr 23, 2015
...each year. People applying for compensation would have to persuade a judge that they weren't just wrongfully convicted, but innocent. Another...
 
U.S. sues Quicken for improper mortgage lending
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2015
...in the FHA mortgage insurance program," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer of the Justice Department's Civil...
 
Feds sue Quicken over lending practices
MLive.com - Apr 24, 2015
...facts were proven and the documents were there," Quicken attorneys argued in the court filing. "... In one loan, Quicken Loans was accused of...
 
U.S. sues Quicken Loans over allegedly improper FHA loans
Detroit Free Press - Apr 23, 2015
...improper FHA loans The civil complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that, from September 2007 through December...
 
Michigan Senate panel set to debate controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com - Apr 23, 2015
...includes some of the state's top employers has been pushing the Legislature to add LGBT protections to Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act. Snyder...
 
Michigan Senate panel revives religious objections bill
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2015
...Restoration Act. Nineteen states have their own version of the federal law in state statute. There was never any concern out of the Democrats...
 
Snyder 'closely reviewing' religious objection adoption bills blasted by gay rights groups
MLive.com - Apr 23, 2015
...wants to make sure that, ultimately, any thing that comes to the governor is signed by the governor," said spokeswoman Amber McCann. Snyder,
 
State could get early warning schools face financial emergency in bills passed by Michigan House
MLive.com - Apr 24, 2015
...of bills died in the Michigan House of Representatives as the Legislature focused on finding a compromise to road funding that ended in Proposal...
 
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, sporting Tigers hard hat, fills potholes in push for Proposal 1
MLive.com - Apr 23, 2015
...purposes, say the measure became bloated in an attempt to win votes in the Legislature. "The more voters learn about prop 1, the more concern they have,"
 
Guide to jury duty in Wayne County
MLive.com - Apr 24, 2015
...you, gathered with help from Wayne County's Chief Third Circuit Court Judge Robert Colombo: What are the consequences of ignoring the call to...
 
Michigan police big and small defend use of military gear
MLive.com - Apr 24, 2015
...U.S. Defense Department program to transfer surplus gear to local law enforcement agencies stirred renewed controversy upon the first release of...
 
Ex-Inkster police chief gave no reason for resignation, city manager says
MLive.com - Apr 23, 2015
...this case is also under review. Gregory Rohl, Dent's attorney, believes Inkster Police Chief Vicki Yost would never have investigated the arrest...
 
Taunted student's mom: It's time for change
Detroit Free Press - Apr 23, 2015
...17 letter written to an NAACP representative by Robert Lusk, an attorney from the Lusk & Albertson law firm that represents the district, said...
 
Ex-Detroit emergency manager expects to return to law firm
Record-Eagle - Apr 23, 2015
Ex-Detroit emergency manager expects to return to law firm EAST LANSING, Mich. EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) The man who shepherded Detroit through...
 
Judge won’t dismiss case over transgender embalmer’s firing
The Morning Sun - Apr 23, 2015
Judge won t dismiss case over transgender embalmer s firing DETROIT A judge won t dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender embalmer...
 
Suit: Michigan wrongly charging unemployment aid applicants
The Mining Journal - Apr 23, 2015
...fraud charges and penalties against them, a federal lawsuit alleges. The Sugar Law Center filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Detroit on...
 
Governor Snyder Declares Friday, May 1 Paralegal and Legal Assistant Day in Michigan
State Bar of Michigan - Apr 10, 2015
...on the SBM Paralegal and Legal Assistant Section website. The State Bar of Michigan Paralegal/Legal Assistant Section will celebrate Paralegal...
 
Muskegon County could be first in Michigan to ban stores' plastic bags
MLive.com - Apr 24, 2015
...away with at the store. " The board of public works sent its attorney to the drawing board to see if the county has enough authority to ban plastic...

National Legal News

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general
The Washington Post - Apr 23, 2015
 
Same-sex marriage case in court: Attorney Mary Bonauto
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2015
Same-sex marriage case in court: Attorney Mary Bonauto April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse's desires and hopes to legally wed now partially rest in...
 
Same-sex marriage case in court: Attorney John Bursch
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2015
...partial relief on the other two. He has appeared before the Michigan Supreme Court 15 times. A Western Michigan University graduate, he received...
 
Timeline: Same-sex marriage through the years
Detroit Free Press - Apr 24, 2015
...Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage. April 7, 2009: Vermont Legislature overrides Gov. Jim Douglas's veto and approves same-sex marriage.
 
Gay marriage recognition for man with cancer on hold
The Detroit News - Apr 24, 2015
...Rapids A western Michigan man stricken with cancer has failed to persuade a judge to order the state to recognize his New York same Grand Rapids A...
 
Ted Cruz Introduces Bills to Stop Gay Marriage
Bloomberg - Apr 23, 2015
...marriage as being between a man and a Days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, Senator Ted Cruz has filed two...
 
Texas legislature advances a pre-emptive strike against the Supreme Court on marriage
The Washington Post - Apr 23, 2015
Texas legislature advances a pre-emptive strike against the Supreme Court on marriage Days before the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in...
 
Arizona’s Republican governor changed state policy to allow same-sex couples to adopt
GovBeat - Washington Post - Apr 23, 2015
...same-sex marriage was struck down last year by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Department of Child Safety issued licenses to legally-married...
 
America’s Gay Corporate Warrior Wants to Bring Full Equality to Red America
Bloomberg - Apr 24, 2015
...Warrior Wants to Bring Full Equality to Red America Even if the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage, Quark founder Tim Gill believes there's...
 
This swingers sex club has rebranded itself as a church. Is that all it takes?
GovBeat - Washington Post - Apr 23, 2015
...comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection, Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger famously wrote in the majority opinion...
 
Lawmakers say gov't should investigate hostage deaths
USA Today - Apr 23, 2015
 
Comcast Drops Time Warner Cable Bid Amid Government Opposition
Bloomberg - Apr 24, 2015
 
Facebook post helps solve 34-year mystery
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2015
searching missing person databases, comparing DNA samples, and contacting law enforcement agencies and news outlets in nine parishes in Louisiana.
 
Judge who was censured over rape comments to receive award
Shoreline Media Group - Apr 23, 2015
Judge who was censured over rape comments to receive award BILLINGS, Mont. BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A Montana judge who was censured by the state's...
 
Court sentences judge to 10 years, 8 months for bribes
The Washington Post - Apr 24, 2015
...he was inebriated when some of the discussions took place. The Court of Appeals on Friday also banned Mustata from the legal profession for five...

Opinions

Beckmann: Big money backs the no-fault repeal effort
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2015
...no-fault insurance reform in Michigan, you have to give the Republican-led Legislature No matter which side you take in the rush to pass no-fault...
 
Take it from a doctor: We need no-fault
Detroit Free Press - Apr 23, 2015
...life at home with her family because of Michigan s auto no-fault law. Her case inspired Elisha s Law, the Michigan law that requires stopping...
 
A conservative makes the case for gay marriage
Detroit Free Press - Apr 23, 2015
...makes the case for gay marriage Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on gay marriage cases in four states, including...
 
Column: Fix disparities in public university funding in Michigan
MLive.com - Apr 24, 2015
...more than $600 million. Universities always push back when the Legislature wants to base more of higher education on real performance measures.
 
Hilton: Human trafficking happens in Michigan
The Detroit News - Apr 23, 2015
...go untaxed. Our state has had to fund increased training for law enforcement, medical personnel, first responders and educators. We are obligated...
 
State Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright: This is why I support Proposal 1 on May 5
MLive.com - Apr 24, 2015
...perfect. There is no Plan B particularly with the current Michigan Legislature. I know there is a distrust in government but I believe there...
 
Many drone deaths, little information: Opposing view
USA Today - Apr 23, 2015
 
After a ridiculous delay, Loretta Lynch finally gets confirmed
The Washington Post - Apr 23, 2015
 
Argentina’s president resorts to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories
The Washington Post - Apr 23, 2015
...attack, which killed 85 people. The deal was nullified by the Argentine Supreme Court, but Ms. Kirchner s government has continued to court Tehran;
 
Exposing anonymous Yelp reviewers
The Washington Post - Apr 23, 2015
...Citizen, has an interesting discussion of a recent decision by the Virginia Supreme Court in a case () involving Paul Levy, over at Public Citizen,
 
Dana Milbank: Walberg cloaking discrimination in faith
Battle Creek Enquirer - Apr 23, 2015
...justify a bid to strike down a new District of Columbia law protecting women from workplace discrimination if they receive fertility treatments,

News of interest to Michigan attorneys from SBM

State Bar honors student for work in animal law
Legal News - Apr 23, 2015
...named the 2015 recipient of the Wanda A. Nash Award by the State Bar of Michigan for her efforts in animal welfare law. The award recognizes...
 
In Memoriam: Hon. Robert Griffin
SBMBlog - Apr 22, 2015

Robert-GriffinRobert Griffin, the 96th justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and a former United States Senator, died April 16, 2015 at the age of 91.

Justice Griffin served in the U.S. Army before returning to attend law school at the University of Michigan, where he graduated in 1950.

 
National Death Penalty Archive Will Incorporate Collection of Michigan Attorney Eugene Wanger
SBMBlog - Apr 22, 2015
Michigan attorney Eugene Wanger will donate his collection of artifacts related to the death penalty to the National Death Penalty Archive in Albany, New York. His collection is one of the largest privately owned collections in the country, composed of books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, photographs and other memorabilia, memorializing the history of the death penalty in the United States and across the globe.
 
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...
 
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)
 
Oakland County Lawyers: Want to Be a Judge?
SBM Blog - Apr 03, 2015
Oakland County Lawyers: Want to Be a Judge? Governor Rick Snyder seeks applicants to fill the 46th District Court seat being vacated by the Hon.
 
SBM Real Property Law Section to Host Summer Conference July 15-18 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island
State Bar of Michigan - Apr 09, 2015
...Summer Conference July 15-18 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island The State Bar of Michigan Real Property Law Section (RPLS) will host its 2015...

 

 

 

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