Criminal Justice

More women donning judicial robes in Michigan

BY: - March 3, 2019

At the start of Women’s History Month, the Michigan Supreme Court is highlighting the progress women have made in the state’s judiciary. Currently, 38 percent of judges statewide are women. This compares to 34 percent in 2017 after the 2016 election. That figure was 21 percent in 1999. In 1979, only 5 percent — 26 judges […]

‘Red flag’ gun safety legislation introduced in Michigan

BY: - March 1, 2019

Democrats this week introduced “red flag” legislation aimed at curbing gun violence. Companion bills in the Michigan House of Representatives and the Senate would allow judges to issue protective orders. These measures would prevent those deemed to pose a “clear and present risk of harm to themselves or others” by law enforcement or family members […]

Senate GOP leader backs Whitmer’s marijuana board

BY: - March 1, 2019

After lengthy discussion with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) is backing Whitmer’s executive order establishing a new marijuana regulatory board, spokeswoman Amber McCann said. On Friday, Whitmer created the Marijuana Regulatory Agency housed within the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), as the Advance reported. It will be […]

Nessel joins immigration fights against Trump administration

BY: - March 1, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined two federal amicus briefs on cases protecting immigrants already in the United States and those attempting to enter the country, her office said on Thursday. Nessel and 21 other attorneys general have joined the case of Ramos v. Nielsen in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and she […]

House moves forward civil forfeiture bills

BY: - February 28, 2019

Michigan’s House of Representatives on Thursday advanced high-priority legislation aimed at reforming the state’s criminal justice system. Taken together, House Bills 4001 and 4002, sponsored by state Reps. Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) and David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), respectively, allow law enforcement to seize property based on probable cause. However, criminal convictions are required before the property […]

Nessel turns to Facebook to serve judgment

BY: - February 28, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has shown that social media does still have some redeeming qualities. The Democratic law enforcement official said in a news release on Wednesday that her office used Facebook to formally serve a judgment against Christopher Carr, a former Michigan resident who Nessel says fled the state and was found to […]

Michigan Civil Rights Dept. to start hate, bias database

BY: - February 26, 2019

Spurred, in part, by the October 2018 killing of 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the state Department of Civil Rights will begin tracking hate-related harassment incidents, the MCDR director said Tuesday. “Pittsburgh, I think, profoundly affected me,” said MDCR Director Agustin Arbulu, who described himself as both Latino and Jewish. […]

Nessel to drop marijuana charges against 4 defendants

BY: - February 25, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Monday she will move to dismiss all charges against four defendants in two of the three marijuana cases pending in her office’s criminal division. Nessel also will offer reduced charges pleas to most of the remaining defendants in all three cases. “We are focusing all of our efforts and […]

AG to open hate crime unit amid surge in Michigan extremist groups

BY: - February 22, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel said Friday she will form a hate crime unit within her office after the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a new report showing 31 active hate groups in Michigan. Nationwide, more than 1,000 hate groups are now active, according to a report released by the civil rights group this week. […]

Archdiocese, AG spar over clergy abuse probe

BY: - February 21, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday asked Catholic churches in Michigan to halt an internal investigation into clergy sexual abuse and accused the state’s seven dioceses of making the attorney general’s investigation more difficult. But the Archdiocese of Detroit denied Nessel’s assertions made at a press conference, which also included an update on Flint water […]

AG seeks to settle Flint civil cases, taps Worthy for criminal case

BY: - February 21, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel will stay out of the ongoing criminal prosecution cases against current and former state and local officials related to the Flint water crisis, she said Thursday. She held a wide-reaching press conference in Lansing that also touched on that ongoing criminal probe and two separate investigations related to sexual abuse from […]

‘Raise the age’ criminal justice reform to get Senate hearing

BY: - February 21, 2019

A Republican-controlled Senate panel plans to act fast on legislation to raise the age at which individuals can be charged as an adult for criminal offenses. State Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.), chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, is backing a bill package from a Democratic lawmaker that changes the law […]