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MICHIGAN LEGAL NEWS
AG wants more time before Flint water prosecutions restart

Flint Journal - February 22, 2019
The shifting structure of the team in charge of Flint water crisis prosecutions is slowing down at least two of the cases that are pending in Genesee County courtrooms.

Attorney general adds Worthy to Flint prosecution team

Detroit News - February 22, 2019
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy will help beef up the Flint water prosecution team with more hires and hinted more people could be charged depending on the evidence.

Attorney General Nessel to Catholic Church: Stop self-policing

Lansing State Journal - February 22, 2019
Nessel has asked the Diocese of Lansing and its six counterparts across the state to stop self-policing. And she told Michigan residents not to rely on the church to handle any allegations of sexual misconduct.

Attorney General to investigate Twistars coach, still seeking cooperation from MSU

MLive.com - February 22, 2019
Nessel is taking on the investigation of a Twistars gymnastics coach and continuing to seek cooperation in the investigation of Michigan State University.

Michigan Attorney General investigating Perles' resignation from MSU board

Detroit Free Press - February 22, 2019
Nessel is looking into the circumstances surrounding George Perles' retirement from the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, specifically whether a debt Perles owed the university was waived in return for his early retirement.

Taylor mayor: 'I can tell you that I am innocent'

Detroit News - February 22, 2019
Two days after after FBI agents searched his office and homes, Taylor Mayor Rick Sollars gave his State of the City speech Thursday, then proclaimed his innocence during a press conference.

Taylor treasurer, home on disability, finds pay gone, job in jeopardy

Detroit Free Press - February 22, 2019
Ed Bourassa has worked from home for more than a year, limping around the house with a cane while taking pain medication, ever since he was dropped by hospital orderlies following hip surgery.

GOP signals support for Whitmer's new environmental order

Detroit News - February 22, 2019
Whitmer’s original order had sought to abolish controversial rule and permit review commissions that Republicans last year wrote into state law. A revised version left the panels in place pending a legal review.

No-reason absentee voting begins for Michigan residents

Flint Journal - February 22, 2019
Michigan voters now do not need a reason for requesting and filling out an absentee ballot for future elections.

Michigan starts writing rules for adult-use marijuana industry

MLive.com - February 22, 2019
The Bureau of Marijuana Regulation has begun drafting rules and arranging staff internally to process license applications.

Ford investigating if mpg ratings could be skewed

Detroit News - February 22, 2019
The automaker has hired an outside firm to investigate the vehicle "road load" specifications used in the company's testing and applications for emissions and fuel economy standards.

West Michigan lawyer accused of income tax fraud for not reporting embezzled funds

Grand Rapids Press - February 22, 2019
A Holland lawyer is charged with income tax fraud for failing to report income he made from allegedly embezzling more than $300,000 from clients.

NATIONAL LEGAL NEWS
War memorial or religious symbol? Cross fight reaches U.S. high court

Reuters News - February 22, 2019

House Dems introduce measure to revoke Trump border edict

Associated Press - February 22, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately announced that a vote would come on Tuesday.

U.S. judge weighs expanding lawsuit over family separations to cover more children

Reuters News - February 22, 2019
A U.S. judge appeared open to ordering the government to find potentially thousands of additional children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border by the Trump administration, which could greatly expand the scope of a lawsuit challenging the separations.

Federal judge bans Stone from speaking publicly about case

Washington Times - February 22, 2019
A federal judge banned longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone from speaking publicly about his criminal case after he attacked her integrity on Instagram — including posting a photo that appeared to put rifle scope crosshairs on her.

New York has prepared Manafort charges if Trump pardons him

Bloomberg News - February 22, 2019
The New York County district attorney is ready to file an array of tax and other charges against Manafort, something seen as an insurance policy should the president exercise his power to free the former aide.

Prosecutors broke law in agreement not to prosecute billionaire financier, judge rules

New York Times - February 22, 2019
Prosecutors led by Alexander R. Acosta, who is now the secretary of labor, violated federal law when they failed to tell victims about an agreement not to prosecute a wealthy New York financier accused of molesting dozens of underage girls.

One twin was a citizen, the other undocumented. A victory in court for their same-sex parents rebukes the State Department

Washington Post - February 22, 2019

Nike basketball shoe blowout may be a 'classic' liability case

Bloomberg News - February 22, 2019
The high-profile failure of a Nike basketball shoe on Wednesday night was more than an epic embarrassment for the athletic brand. It could be a product-liability case.

STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN BLOG & OTHER NEWS
SBM ADR Section to host How to Prepare for Mediation teleseminar

SBM Blog - February 22, 2019
The State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section will host a teleseminar about how best to prepare to mediate and arbitrate from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.