Criminal Justice


Susan J. Demas: Why are there so few stories about Trump’s health and sexual harassment scandals?

BY: - January 4, 2020

This week, President Trump may have stumbled into a war with Iran and was accused by yet another woman of sexual harassment. If you haven’t heard about the former, you can quickly remedy that by turning on cable news, whose speciality is cheerleading the march to war (any war). You could also click back to […]

‘Real rush’ of Trump rules expected in case he loses in 2020

BY: - January 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration is preparing to finalize a host of high-profile rules in 2020, including policies that will impact everything from auto emissions to food stamp access. With the November presidential election approaching, the administration is widely expected to make a push to wrap up pending regulations early in 2020 in an […]

Whitmer, Klobuchar, Shirkey and more: The Advance’s top interviews of 2019

BY: - January 1, 2020

Quotable of the Year: “As we go into 2020, I say, ‘May the best woman win.’” — Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) at a May speech in Detroit Susan J. Demas graphic In the last days of 2019, the Advance ran a series of our best stories from a few of the many […]

Trump has appointed judges at a breakneck speed. More are coming.

BY: - January 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate heads into 2020 with few major legislative victories — but a significant one on the judicial front: a dramatic reshaping of the federal bench. Over the past three years, the Senate has confirmed 185 of President Trump’s judicial nominees, more than any of the last five presidents at the […]

The Advance’s best stories of 2019 you may have missed

BY: - December 30, 2019

Quotable of the Year: “One of the great drawbacks of being in Congress is that I must receive insulting letters from weak-minded jackasses like yourself. Will you please take two running jumps and go to hell.” — Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Dearborn) in a 1957 letter  Susan J. Demas graphic In the last days […]


Stories you won’t see anywhere else: The Advance’s best reporting on reproductive rights

BY: - December 27, 2019

Quotable of the Year: “I think so many of these decisions are made in a vacuum with a bunch of men sitting around a table and deciding what a woman’s rights should be, what our access to health care should be — trying to control women by controlling our bodies.” — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Susan […]

Nessel to charge 2 more priests in clergy probe, announce PFAS suit

BY: - December 25, 2019

Updated, 5:25 a.m. 12/26/19 The Catholic church sexual abuse investigation continues to expand in Michigan, as Attorney General Dana Nessel said she plans to announce charges against two more priests in the new year. So far, seven priests have been charged in the probe this year and two have pleaded guilty. There are 45 current […]

From immigration to the ACA: Nessel has joined 12 federal cases, withdrawn from 28 this year 

BY: - December 24, 2019

Dana Nessel became the first Democratic attorney general in Michigan in 16 years and has reversed her GOP predecessor, Bill Schuette, on a number of multi-state actions. In her first year in office, Nessel withdrew from 28 federal cases, including ones siding with conservatives on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), LGBTQ rights, abortion, campaign finance […]

Nessel wants Legislature to change law shielding drugmakers, says it’s impacting opioid lawsuits

BY: - December 23, 2019

Days after announcing a new opioids lawsuit, Attorney General Dana Nessel said she’d like to see changes to Michigan’s one-of-a-kind law that prevents state suits against drug manufacturers — or for the Legislature to kill it altogether. “I can’t think of any good reason for the law to remain on the books the way it […]

Do Michigan kids have a ‘right to read?’ Activists await ruling in Detroit lawsuit.

BY: - December 23, 2019

A prominent Detroit education activist said that if a lawsuit brought forth by Detroit students against the state of Michigan centering on their constitutional right to access literacy fails, it will send a signal that Michigan government doesn’t care about Motor City kids.    “If they come down with a ruling that reading is not fundamental, […]

In Detroit, Bloomberg calls Trump a ‘destroyer’ who ‘divides’ people 

BY: - December 21, 2019

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg visited Detroit on Saturday and opened his first Michigan field office for his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. “What we really need is somebody who pull this country together. … Trump is not a unifier. He’s a destroyer who divides people.” Bloomberg said emphatically to a group of about 200 people.  In attendance […]

Court of Appeals denies appeal in Inman recall effort

BY: - December 20, 2019

The state Court of Appeals has denied an appeal request from a Traverse City-area group trying to recall state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg), who last week was granted a mistrial on corruption charges and found not guilty of lying to the FBI. The group had submitted the necessary signatures for the recall effort, but their […]