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MICHIGAN LEGAL NEWS
Dearborn pays $1.25 million to settle fatal police-shooting lawsuit

MLive.com - February 16, 2018
Dearborn has agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the fatal police shooting of Janet Wilson that occurred on Jan. 27, 2016.

Family of victim gets no money after surgery blunder

Associated Press/Detroit News - February 16, 2018
Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman agreed that a crucial appeals court decision should stand, but he still called the case a “medical and legal dereliction, resulting in an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.”

Wrong-way crash lawsuit settled against former assistant prosecutor, three bars

Grand Rapids Press - February 16, 2018

Detroiter sues arena contractor, alleges racism

Detroit News - February 16, 2018
A Detroit construction worker claims he encountered “Mississippi-style racism” and saw evidence of suburban workers using fake addresses so the firm could meet the city requirement of hiring a workforce of at least 51 percent Detroit residents.

Indiana Supreme Court: Lake Michigan shoreline open to all

Northwest Indiana Times - February 15, 2018
The unanimous ruling by the state's high court definitively sets the ordinary high water mark as the boundary between the state-owned land under Lake Michigan and the interests of private property owners.

UM report: Gov. Snyder bears 'significant legal responsibility' for Flint water crisis

Flint Journal - February 16, 2018
The report also concludes the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality had the legal power to have prevented the crisis but failed to do so and that local government's ability to respond was crippled by the state's emergency manager law.

Debate over MSU, U-M, WSU board selection continues; change unlikely

Detroit Free Press - February 16, 2018
Proposals to change the way the boards are selected at Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University are unlikely to see a vote in the House of Representatives.

Snyder signs law to allow charter schools to receive tax revenue

Michigan Radio - February 16, 2018
The new law lets charters get a share of the extra local funding. Charters will only benefit when existing millages are renewed or new millages are approved.

Traffic fine decline saps local coffers in Michigan

Detroit News - February 16, 2018
Cops across the state are writing a historically low number of traffic tickets — good news for motorists but bad news for courts and municipalities that depend on the revenue they generate.

This official symbol will mark medical marijuana sold in Michigan

MLive.com - February 16, 2018
It is an inverted green triangle with a marijuana plant in the middle, plus text that says "CONTAINS THC."

NATIONAL LEGAL NEWS
Officials renew call to limit gun access by the mentally ill

New York Times - February 16, 2018

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

Associated Press - February 16, 2018
For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation’s gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners.

Senate’s renewed push for sentencing overhaul hits a familiar roadblock

New York Times - February 16, 2018
Advocates of criminal justice overhaul from both parties say that their proposals have only gained in popularity since 2015, when a similar and much-promoted bipartisan push petered out amid disputes as 2016 campaigns took shape.

Appeals court says Trump’s latest travel ban violates the law — again

Washington Post - February 16, 2018
A second federal appeals court struck down President Trump’s latest version of the immigrant entry ban, saying it “is unconstitutionally tainted with animus toward Islam.”

No room for debate: Senate floor fight over immigration is a bust

New York Times - February 16, 2018
The promised freewheeling, take-on-all-comers Senate showdown over immigration policy never really materialized before it all collapsed Thursday with the defeat of four proposals.

Trump lawyers press Supreme Court to act fast on 'Dreamers' and abortion dispute

Los Angeles Times - February 16, 2018
The Supreme Court meets today to decide on a pair of unusually aggressive appeals from Trump administration lawyers who are trying to leapfrog lower courts.

He was arrested for a sex act that’s no longer a crime. Years later, he remains convicted.

Washington Post - February 16, 2018

OPINIONS
Why can't we keep classrooms as safe as courtrooms?

Detroit Free Press - February 16, 2018

Michigan punts on Flint and Nassar crises

Dome Magazine - February 16, 2018

Trump kills compromise on immigration

New York Times - February 16, 2018

Editorial: Deal to end motorist fees is welcome

Detroit News - February 16, 2018

Column: Erase past marijuana convictions

Detroit News - February 16, 2018

STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN BLOG & OTHER NEWS
SBM Animal Law Section announces award recipients

SBM Blog - February 14, 2018