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Court sides with Sterling Hts. in appeal of mosque challenge

Detroit News - August 16, 2019
Sterling Heights residents' rights were not violated when officials cleared the City Council's chambers during a meeting to discuss a mosque's construction, according to a federal appeals court decision.

Michigan OKs $1.3M compensation for man exonerated of murder

Associated Press - August 16, 2019
A Michigan man exonerated in the 1985 arson-related slayings of his wife and young daughters will receive $1.3 million from the state after fighting to get compensation under a law his case helped inspire.

Wayne County woman died in jail after eating the stuffing from cell's mattress

Detroit Free Press - August 16, 2019
Her son is suing the City of Southgate, claiming $75,000 in compensation for the damage the death caused him and his family ... because jail guards did not properly monitor [the woman's] cell and failed to follow booking procedures.

Board admonishes lawyer for 2014 investigation of Nassar

Lansing State Journal - August 16, 2019
The lawyer who investigated a 2014 sexual assault complaint against Larry Nassar violated rules of professional conduct and court rules, Michigan's Attorney Grievance Commission found.

Michigan lawmakers ask to join legal fight between Enbridge, Nessel

Detroit News - August 16, 2019
House and Senate leaders asked a judge to let them to file a brief in support of the law they approved at the end of 2018 that allowed Enbridge to enter an agreement with the state to pay for and construct a $500 million tunnel to house its pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Civil rights leaders defend Arbulu, say he’s being ‘politically lynched’ - August 16, 2019
Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Agustin Arbulu is under fire from more than 20 lawmakers who want him to resign, but other lawmakers and civil rights leaders are supporting the decision by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to keep him in place.

Democrats regain majority on Oakland County board, GOP files lawsuit

Detroit Free Press - August 16, 2019

Detroit police commission tackles issue of facial recognition again

Detroit News - August 16, 2019
Residents asked the board if it would hold more meetings about the use of the technology and give the proposed policies guiding its use more public airing.

Battle Creek man convicted as a teenager in a 1991 murder no longer has sentence of life without parole

Battle Creek Enquirer - August 16, 2019
Brad Warner was sentenced to a term of 40 to 60 years for the 1991 strangulation of Christa Ferree, a 17-year-old Harper Creek High School junior.

Charges reduced, dropped against ex-teacher accused of abusing Macomb County special ed students

Macomb Daily News - August 16, 2019
A Macomb County judge dismissed eight counts of felony child abuse against a former teacher accused of abusing special-education students, reducing four of them to misdemeanor assault charges.

Debate over proposal to forgive poor Detroiters' tax debt

Detroit News - August 16, 2019
Wayne County is considering forgiving the delinquent tax bills of poor Detroit homeowners under a new program, but the county's chief debt collector said he's opposed to the idea and it might be illegal.

Michigan creates rules for testing industrial hemp

Associated Press - August 16, 2019
The state launched a pilot program this year allowing for the growing and processing of hemp.

Appeals court rules detained migrant children should get soap, sleep, clean water

National Public Radio - August 16, 2019
A federal appeals court in California ruled that migrant children detained by U.S. immigration authorities must be provided with edible food, clean water, and basic hygiene items such as soap and toothbrushes, in accordance with a decades-old court order.

Migrant kids separated at border faced abuse in foster homes

Associated Press - August 16, 2019
A review of 38 legal claims obtained by The Associated Press — some of which have never been made public — shows taxpayers could be on the hook for more than $200 million in damages from parents who said their children were harmed while in government custody.

National Security Inspector general finds politically motivated harassment at State Department

Washington Post - August 16, 2019
A report by the State Department’s inspector general concludes that leadership of a leading department bureau mistreated and harassed staffers, accused them of political disloyalty to the Trump administration, and retaliated against them.

House panel subpoenas ex-Trump campaign chief

Reuters News - August 16, 2019
The committee, which is actively considering articles of impeachment against President Trump, also served a subpoena on [a] former Trump White House aide.

A federal judge in D.C. hit ‘reply all,’ and now there’s a formal question about his decorum

Washington Post - August 16, 2019
A clash between judges on two important federal courts in Washington has created an early, unusual test of new rules intended to make sure courthouses across the country are civil, harassment-free workplaces.

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' hit with $395,000 fine over emergency tones in skit

Reuters News - August 16, 2019
Simulated wireless alert tones used in a “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” skit making fun of a presidential alert test have cost Walt Disney Co’s ABC $395,000 in civil fines with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Judicial vacancy—Charlevoix County

State Bar of Michigan - August 16, 2019
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5 p.m. on September 6.

Human trafficking training on October 17

SBM Blog - July 31, 2019
The State Bar of Michigan, The Joseph Project, Lakeshore Legal Aid, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, and the Oakland County Bar Association are partnering to offer a human trafficking training on Thursday, October 17.