Criminal Justice

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MSU board says it can’t force Engler to talk with AG

BY: - April 19, 2019

The chair of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees told the Advance this week that the university cannot compel former interim President John Engler to sit for an interview with Attorney General Dana Nessel, contradicting a recent claim from the latter. The attorney general’s office is continuing an investigation into the university’s handling of the […]

Tlaib says House must investigate Trump, Slotkin pushes bill banning foreign election ads

BY: - April 19, 2019

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) tweeted on Thursday that the time is now for the U.S. House to investigate President Donald Trump and used the hashtag, #TimetoImpeach. That came on the same day that the redacted report was released of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian election interference investigation. Tlaib has sponsored a resolution to “Begin […]

Mueller report: Michigan’s role as 2016 battleground part of Russian meeting

BY: - April 19, 2019

All news is local, so here’s how Michigan figures into the redacted report on Russian 2016 election interference released on Thursday with findings from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for now-President Donald Trump, met in New York in 2016 with Konstantin Kilimnik, who the FBI suspects has ties to Russian intelligence. […]

Erik Prince’s Russian contacts highlighted in Mueller report

BY: - April 18, 2019

Michigan native Erik Prince factors heavily into the now-released report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Prince is a Holland native whose sister, Betsy DeVos, is currently the U.S. secretary of education under President Donald Trump. Prince also founded the infamous private military firm Blackwater. Prince sold his […]

Manoogian condemns arrests, opposes Chaldean deportations

BY: - April 18, 2019

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) on Wednesday called on House colleagues to formally oppose the mass deportation of Chaldeans living in Michigan. Metro Detroit is home to the largest concentration of Chaldeans outside of Iraq. Over the last two years, more than 100 state residents of Iraqi and Chaldean-Assyrian descent have been arrested by federal […]

Barr defends president as Dems continue to push for unredacted Mueller report

BY: - April 18, 2019

Updated, 12:59 p.m. with comments from Sen. Peters. WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration want to move on from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, now that a redacted version of the report has been released to the public. President Trump’s attorney general, William Barr, offered a robust defense of President Trump Thursday morning […]

Governor honors sexual assault survivors at vigil

BY: - April 17, 2019

More than five years ago, now-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer shared her emotional story on the Michigan Senate floor about being raped, something some of her friends and even her father didn’t know until that day. This week, Whitmer has spoken at events to honor other survivors of sexual assault, including the 31st Annual Crime Victims’ Vigil […]

Whitmer, bipartisan officials, launch criminal justice reform taskforce

BY: - April 17, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed an executive order establishing a new taskforce aimed at taking a comprehensive look at criminal justice reform initiatives in Michigan. The Michigan Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration, which plans to first meet in the summer and conduct its research over the rest of the year, is being […]

Byrum pens letter urging Engler to talk to AG

BY: - April 17, 2019

Michigan State University Board of Trustees Chair Dianne Byrum wrote a letter last week to former MSU interim President John Engler urging him to cooperate with the state’s investigation of the Dr. Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, according to a report from the Detroit News. “When you came to the university early last year, you […]

MSU opens ‘Sister Survivors’ exhibit with Whitmer, survivors in attendance

BY: - April 16, 2019

Updated 10:07 p.m., 10:18 p.m. The Michigan State University Museum opened an exhibit of art and artifacts related to the survivors of the Dr. Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal on Tuesday, in a ceremony that featured emotional testimony from public and MSU officials as well as the survivors themselves. “I wanted this horrible thing to […]

‘Religious liberty’ firm sues Nessel, DHHS over same-sex adoption rule

BY: - April 15, 2019

A group that intervened in a 2017 lawsuit over same-sex adoption rights settled last month by Attorney General Dana Nessel sued her office on Monday, along with state and federal health agencies, claiming the settlement infringes on the religious liberties of the adoption agency in question. The plaintiffs, foster parents Melissa and Chad Buck of […]

Nessel joins group fighting Mississippi anti-abortion law

BY: - April 15, 2019

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 20 other state attorneys general in support of women’s reproductive rights. Nessel, in a statement on Monday afternoon, announced that the coalition had filed a brief in federal court on Friday to support Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic. The case, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, et al. v. State Health […]