Criminal Justice

Nessel urges Supreme Court to block Ohio abortion law 

BY: - March 9, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel has filed a brief opposing an Ohio law prohibiting abortions if one of the reasons is that the fetus has Down Syndrome.  In December 2017, Ohio passed a law criminalizing abortion in certain cases, at all stages of pregnancy. Preterm-Cleveland, a medical  facility, challenged the constitutionality of the law and successfully blocked […]

Nessel: MSU stonewalling Nassar probe cheats U of M victims out of justice

BY: - March 5, 2020

The Michigan attorney general’s office will not open an investigation into reports of late University of Michigan Dr. Robert Anderson, due to the office’s experience with the Larry Nassar investigation at Michigan State University. Several men have come forward saying Anderson sexually abused them while he was a doctor at U of M from 1968 […]

Federal court chucks Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements 

BY: - March 4, 2020

An estimated 80,000 Michiganders will keep their Healthy Michigan coverage after a federal court ruled Wednesday that Michigan’s Medicaid work requirements were unlawful.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a motion last month with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking it to toss the requirements. The ruling means that the state Department of […]

Whitmer signs wrongful imprisonment bills into law

BY: - March 4, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a flurry of bills into law on Tuesday. Among those are three bipartisan pieces of legislation related to compensation for wrongful imprisonment, which is an area of criminal justice reform that began seeing progress in the Michigan Legislature last year. The legislation will ensure that Michiganders who were wrongfully imprisoned receive […]

Supreme Court to review ACA after state AGs file petition

BY: - March 2, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a key part of the Affordable Care Act after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with several other state attorneys general and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, filed a petition for review after a 900-page law containing provisions including providing health care coverage for 133 million Americans with […]

Trump attempts to woo Black voters in Detroit. Will it work this time?

BY: - March 2, 2020

As Black History Month drew to near close on Thursday, a group of about a dozen Black supporters joined President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House. In African-American church tradition, the men and women lay hands on him. They prayed for him. They vowed to reelect him. They chanted, “Four more […]

East Lansing City Council discusses racial bias after police excessive force allegation

BY: - February 28, 2020

After an internal investigation, the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) determined that there was not enough evidence to prove or disprove an allegation of excessive force against a 19-year-old Black man earlier this month.  The issues of race and police brutality took center stage Thursday night as the ELPD presented a video of the incident […]

State to pay $80M settlement in juvenile prison rape case

BY: - February 27, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, along with Michigan Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Heidi Washington announced Thursday that they are filing a settlement document in the Doe et al. vs. Michigan Department of Corrections case. The case, filed in 2013 on behalf of 1,300 youthful prisoners, pertains to juveniles alleging that they were victims of […]

Dems berate Betsy DeVos at heated Capitol Hill hearing, Moolenaar defends her

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats tore into the President Trump administration’s annual budget request for the Department of Education at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. The administration’s proposal to slash the department’s budget in the next fiscal year is dead on arrival and amounts to an effort to privatize public education, they said. The […]

Amash only Michigan rep. to vote no on landmark bill making lynching a federal hate crime

BY: - February 26, 2020

Updated, 4:25 a.m. 2/27/20 with comments from Rep. Amash WASHINGTON — Lynching is not considered a hate crime under federal law, but that’s expected to change soon. The U.S. House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to approve a bill called the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The bill would specifically list lynching as a hate crime, which is identified as […]

Nessel: Watch out for coronavirus scams

BY: - February 26, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are warning Michiganders to stay alert and watch for scams related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus is a new virus strain that has the potential to cause severe […]

Michigan joins 39 other states in JUUL probe

BY: - February 26, 2020

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Tuesday that Michigan has joined 39 other states in an investigation of JUUL Labs. JUUL Labs makes products known as JUUL and JUULpods. The JUUL is the electronic vaporizer device used to smoke a JUUL Pod, which is a nicotine-containing e-liquid formula. JUUL pods come in 3% and 5% […]