Criminal Justice

Judge strikes Canada letters in Line 5 case

BY: - October 13, 2021

The federal judge tasked with deciding jurisdiction for the state’s lawsuit to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order, Judge Janet Neff, has stricken letters regarding the Canadian government’s attempts to pause the proceedings. Since June, the government of Canada has repeatedly submitted letters to the court asking Neff to hold the case in […]

We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame

BY: - October 13, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Kurt Thigpen clenched his hands around the edge of the table because if he couldn’t feel the sharp edges digging into his palms, he would have to think about how hard his […]

House bills would disclose state officials, lawmakers named in sexual harassment settlements

BY: - October 11, 2021

A pair of Michigan House bills would shed light on any future sexual harassment or sexual assault settlements entered into as a result of accusations against state legislators and top Michigan officials. The House bills — HB 4920 introduced by state Rep. Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) in May, and HB 5281 introduced by state Rep. Adam […]

Two major concealed carry cases could impact gun rights in Michigan

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Supreme Court, which began its term last week, is slated to hear arguments Nov. 3 on a case that could redefine an individual’s right to bear arms in public.  The case is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett, involving a New York law that mandates applicants present a “proper cause” […]


Column: Michigan could become Texas on abortion rights

BY: - October 9, 2021

In one year, abortion could be illegal in Michigan.  A recently released report adds Michigan to the growing list of “red alert” states – states where abortion could quickly become illegal if Roe v. Wade is struck down by the Supreme Court. Also on that list: Texas, where a blatantly unconstitutional law is back in […]

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All the ways Michigan made the congressional report on Trump trying to overturn the election

BY: - October 8, 2021

Updated, 8:41 a.m., 10/15/21 U.S. Senate Democrats dropped a report Thursday on how former President Donald Trump and his allies attempted to overturn the 2020 election, and there’s no shortage of Michigan mentions in the 394-page document. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee released the lengthy report on Thursday, following many months of investigation into Trump’s […]

U.S. attorney quit under pressure from Trump to reject election results, new report confirms

BY: - October 8, 2021

Former President Donald Trump forced a top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to step down because he wouldn’t help Trump overturn his loss of Georgia in the 2020 presidential election, a U.S. Senate report released Thursday said. The report, written by Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, found that the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Byung […]

Lawmakers blast ‘wild west’ of cannabis market, while caregivers decry proposed regulations

BY: - October 8, 2021

Updated, 10:22 a.m., 10/8/21 When Tanya Kaye’s granddaughter, Anastasia, began having seizures shortly after birth, doctors recommended controlling them with phenobarbital, a barbiturate that slows the activity of the brain and nervous system. Kaye, 40, a medical marijuana caregiver and certified cannabis consultant from Clio, was worried about side effects and developmental delays from the […]

Sexual assault survivors urge lawmakers to revise statute of limitations, govt. immunity laws 

BY: - October 6, 2021

Survivors of sexual abuse from two former university doctors want the Legislature to reform laws regarding sexual assault.  Dr. Robert Anderson was the former head of the University Health Service and a physician for the University of Michigan Athletic Department for 35 years. He died in 2008. Hundreds of former patients have since come forward […]

Detroit man sentenced to 5 years probation for threats to Whitmer, Nessel

BY: - October 6, 2021

Robert Tesh, 34, of Detroit was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and $1,898 in fees after making “credible” death threats against Attorney General Dana Nessel and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Tesh pleaded guilty but mentally ill in August to the Wayne County Circuit Court. As part of his probation, Tesh must participate in mental […]

Canada formally invokes pipeline treaty, asks court again to pause Line 5 proceedings

BY: - October 4, 2021

Updated, 5:01 p.m., 10/4/21 with comment from Whitmer While Canadian oil company Enbridge and the state of Michigan await a federal judge’s decision on which court — state or federal — should oversee the state’s lawsuit to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order, the Canadian government is once again attempting to grind proceedings […]

Mich. solicitor general will be first Arab-American woman to argue before SCOTUS

BY: - October 4, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court, which begins its term this week, will hear arguments from Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud, the first Arab-American Muslim woman to do so. Hammoud will be representing the state of Michigan in Brown v. Davenport on Tuesday.   The case will help to spell out when a violation of a defendant’s rights […]