Courts

Nessel joins coalition of AGs opposing Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law

BY: - August 10, 2022

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a coalition of 16 attorneys general from across the country in filing an amicus brief opposing Florida’s “Parental Rights in Education Act,” otherwise known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Nessel, a Democrat who is Michigan’s first openly gay top statewide official, says that the law, which prevents […]

‘It provided hope’: Michigan advocates look ahead after abortion rights vote in Kansas

BY: - August 7, 2022

After the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down Roe v. Wade, Mary Wehrman called the reproductive rights group Kansans for Constitutional Freedom. She was enraged. A resident of Pittsburg, Kan., a small city near the Missouri border, Wehrman wanted to volunteer with the organization fighting a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would […]

Advocates worry federal law protecting Native adoptees could be overturned by Supreme Court

BY: - August 6, 2022

As far as Susan Devan Harness knew, she was an only child whose birth parents died in a car crash long ago. Only in her early 20s did Harness — a Native American adopted by a white couple — realize that not only was her birth mother alive and located just 30 miles away, but […]

Report: GOP lawmakers have spent $71K in taxpayer funds defending 1931 abortion ban

BY: - August 5, 2022

As the fight over implementation of Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban continues in the courts, a liberal advocacy group says Republican lawmakers have spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on legal resources to defend it. Progress Michigan says it submitted financial disclosure requests to the Michigan House and Senate Business offices to determine what public […]

Contaminated Ashland soil along Enbridge Line 5 under investigation

BY: - August 5, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is assisting in the investigation of suspected oil-contaminated soil collected along Enbridge Line 5 south in Ashland, Wisc. The pipeline stretches from Sarnia, Ontario, through a swath of northern Michigan to Wisconsin. According to a state DNR press release, an Enbridge contractor reported the soil to the DNR […]

Whitmer stresses ‘stark differences’ with Dixon on abortion rights, 2020 election

BY: - August 4, 2022

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday addressed her GOP opponent, Tudor Dixon, and right-wing attacks on abortion rights during a campaign rally held at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  Dixon, a right-wing commentator, on Tuesday won the state Republican gubernatorial nomination. Michigan has only had two female governors: Whitmer and fellow Democrat […]

Whitmer again asks Michigan Supreme Court to protect legal abortion

BY: - August 4, 2022

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday evening once more urged the Michigan Supreme Court to review a lawsuit she filed in April, asking the Court to determine if the state Constitution protects abortion.  There have been several court actions this week. On Monday morning, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that a temporary injunction barring […]

Lawsuit seeks Rep. Maddock’s removal from Nov. ballot for allegedly ‘engaging in insurrection’

BY: - August 4, 2022

A lawsuit seeks to remove state Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford) from the Nov. 8 general election ballot due to what were called “his violations of his oath of office and attempts to illegally overturn the 2020 election while pushing the Big Lie.” The suit, filed with the Michigan Court of Appeals (COA), was brought by […]

Circuit court rules to keep restraining order on abortion ban law

BY: - August 3, 2022

After hearing oral arguments Wednesday in a case where some Republican county prosecutors argue they are exempt from the injunction on the state’s 1931 abortion ban, a Circuit Court judge ruled to keep a restraining order on the law in place.  This comes after a flurry of judicial action this week. The state Court of […]

U.S. House Democrats file brief in college affirmative action case

BY: - August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott of Virginia has filed a brief along with 64 other House Democrats urging the Supreme Court to uphold the role that race plays in college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. “Narrowly tailored admissions policies that recognize race as one criterion — out […]

Experts warn of election ‘havoc’ across the U.S. if North Carolina case succeeds

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Legal experts on Thursday warned lawmakers on the U.S. House Administration Committee that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a North Carolina case that embraces a fringe election theory, it would undermine future elections across the country. “To be blunt, it would be extraordinary destabilizing,” said Carolyn Shapiro, a law professor at the Chicago-Kent […]

Federal judge upholds U.S. House Republicans’ fines for dodging metal detectors

BY: - August 2, 2022

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit Monday from three U.S. House Republicans challenging fines they incurred for violating a post-Jan. 6 requirement that members pass through metal detectors before coming to the House floor. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly dismissed the suit brought by Reps. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania […]