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MICHIGAN LEGAL NEWS
Michigan Supreme Court justice: Judges must cool rhetoric

Associated Press - May 25, 2018
Justice Bridget McCormack said judges should drop rhetoric that "would validly call into question judicial impartiality."

Ex-inmate says he was sex slave: Why Mich. judge tossed case

Detroit Free Press - May 25, 2018
The federal judge who issued a judgment in the case said the state can’t be sued over some of former inmate Steven Moerman’s claims because it enjoys governmental immunity.

Court: Prison term for polite bank robber unreasonably long

Associated Press/Detroit Free Press - May 25, 2018
The Michigan appeals court says a four-year prison sentence for a polite bank robber was unreasonable.

Lawsuit claims Genesee County withholding $5.2M to cover up financial distress

Flint Journal - May 25, 2018
Genesee Health System has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to get $5.2 million in taxpayer money it believes is owed by Genesee County.

Michigan House passes 27 Nassar-related bills

Detroit News - May 25, 2018

Rebekah Bletsch bill signed into law, effective immediately

Muskegon Chronicle - May 25, 2018
Convicted criminals now must listen to victim impact statements at sentencing hearings.

Dispute over election, tribe catches Supreme Court’s eye

Associated Press - May 25, 2018
The Michigan Supreme Court is interested in the case of a former police chief in the Upper Peninsula who’s been barred from running for public office because of a corruption conviction.

Auto industry scrambles to make sense of import tariff proposal

Detroit News - May 25, 2018
Automakers, industry groups and foreign governments have formed a united front to denounce and oppose the president's proposed levies on foreign-made vehicles and parts.

Corker, U.S. Chamber blast Trump threat of auto tariffs

Detroit Free Press - May 25, 2018

Redistricting group has signatures, still fighting to make ballot

Detroit News - May 25, 2018
A group trying change the way Michigan draws political boundaries urged state officials to put the proposal on the November ballot despite a legal challenge.

Emergency rule prohibits most anchoring in Straits of Mackinac

Detroit Free Press - May 25, 2018
The move prevents environmental damage to the state and the Straits of Mackinac.

NATIONAL LEGAL NEWS
Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million cars over cruise-control flaws

Bloomberg News - May 25, 2018
The automaker advised customers driving select Ram pickups, Jeep SUVs and Chrysler and Dodge brand models to avoid using cruise control until the software in their vehicles is upgraded.

Jury awards Apple $539 million in Samsung patent retrial

Reuters News - May 25, 2018
After nearly five days of deliberations, a jury said Samsung Electronics Co Ltd should pay $539 million to Apple Inc for copying patented smartphone features.

White House lawyer’s presence at briefings on FBI’s Russia source roils lawmakers

Washington Post - May 25, 2018
Justice Department and intelligence community leaders conferred twice with top Republican and Democratic lawmakers Thursday, hoping to defuse a partisan conflict over the FBI’s use of a confidential source to aid the investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia.

At Trump Tower, Michael Cohen and oligarch discussed Russian relations

New York Times - May 25, 2018
Eleven days before the presidential inauguration last year, a billionaire Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin visited Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet with Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer.

Trump vents his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary

Washington Post - May 25, 2018

Tax-dodge strategists probe loopholes in new U.S. law, IRS wary

Reuters News - May 25, 2018

They shared drugs. Someone died. Does that make them killers?

New York Times - May 25, 2018

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

Associated Press - May 25, 2018

OPINIONS
Column: Lead screenings offer hope for Flint

Detroit News - May 25, 2018

Opinion: The Supreme Court sticks it to workers, again

New York Times - May 25, 2018

Column: Trump auto tariffs answer a question the global industry is not asking

Detroit News - May 25, 2018

Editorial: Elections board is outrageous

Port Huron Times Herald - May 25, 2018

Column: Will Bishop and GOP colleagues hold dreamers hostage?

Detroit Free Press - May 25, 2018

Editorial: Automakers don’t need Trump’s help on trade

Detroit News - May 25, 2018

Opinion: Rosenstein and Wray have only one real weapon: Resignation

Washington Post - May 25, 2018

STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN BLOG & OTHER NEWS
NEXT Conference 2018—Save the Date

SBM Blog - May 25, 2018
The State Bar of Michigan Next Conference will take place Sept. 26–28 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar Will Take Place June 19

SBM Blog - May 24, 2018

Change Coming to Dues This September

SBM Blog - May 22, 2018
We hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the changes we’re making to streamline the process you will use to complete your mandatory disclosures and pay your annual dues.

2018 SBM Election Notice—Voting Begins May 25

SBM Blog - May 21, 2018
Electronic ballots for the 2018 State Bar of Michigan elections will be distributed via email on May 25.