Criminal Justice

Whitmer calls on GOP Legislature to repeal Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban 

BY: - September 8, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday to repeal a 1931 state law criminalizing abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court last week issued an unsigned order allowing a Texas abortion ban law to go into effect. Experts say the recent SCOTUS opinion signals the fall of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case […]

Alleged white supremacist accused of scouting abandoned Mich. jails for ‘hate camps’ to stand trial

BY: - September 7, 2021

A member of a militant white supremacist group who is accused of breaking into two vacant Michigan prisons to scout out new training grounds for “hate camps” is headed to trial. Tristan Webb, 19, waived his preliminary examination in a Tuscola County district court and was ordered to stand trial, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel […]

Several colleges have vaccine mandates — but they’re not airtight 

BY: - September 6, 2021

As college students return to campuses across Michigan and the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to rage on, several schools have implemented vaccine mandates in order to resume in-person activities. But there are concerns about how easy it is to circumvent the requirements.  Currently, only six of Michigan’s 15 public universities have a university wide-vaccine requirement. […]

COMMENTARY

Susan J. Demas: Why didn’t COVID make us question what the ‘pro-life’ movement is about?

BY: - September 3, 2021

Updated, 10:52 a.m. 9/3/21 This week, my almost 19-year-old daughter stepped foot on her college campus to take classes for the first time (a year late thanks to the loud, selfish minority’s continual refusal to take COVID seriously). As I hugged her goodbye, it occurred to me that she now has fewer rights as a […]

GOP bill bans Whitmer from using warning system — but not the one she used during pandemic

BY: - September 2, 2021

The Michigan Senate passed a bill Wednesday to bar the state’s public threat alert system from being used to inform Michiganders about a new law or executive order.  House Bill 4061, introduced by state Rep. Bradley Slagh (R-Zeeland), was in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer using an alert system to tell residents about stay-home orders […]

U of M law professor says SCOTUS order ‘functionally ends Roe’

BY: - September 2, 2021

After days of silence, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unsigned order early Thursday allowing a Texas abortion ban to go into effect, setting a precedent for other states to pass similar laws. The law, Senate Bill 8, which experts say effectively bans 90% of abortions in the second-largest state of 29 million, went into […]

Doctors warn horse-dewormer can be lethal, so why are people taking it for COVID-19?

BY: - September 2, 2021

Medication that is usually used to treat parasites has become the latest  COVID-19 conspiracy treatment, but doctors are trying to fight misinformation, stressing it isn’t proven to help treat the virus. In fact, physicians warn the drug can have detrimental side effects in humans if taken incorrectly.  Medical professionals have studied whether or not ivermectin, […]

Federal judge blocks Western Michigan University vaccine requirement on religious grounds

BY: - September 1, 2021

District Judge Paul Maloney blocked Western Michigan University on Tuesday from imposing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement on four female soccer players who claimed the requirements infringed on their constitutional religious rights.  Maloney, a GOP former President George W. Bush appointee, issued the temporary restraining order on the day the four athletes, Emily Dahl, Hannah Redoute, […]

Supreme Court lets Texas abortion ban stand, sets stage for Roe v. Wade fight nationwide

BY: - September 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court stayed quiet Tuesday night as abortion advocates across the country nervously waited for the right-wing-majority court to act on an emergency appeal to block a strict Texas abortion ban, as it’s done for past laws.  But the Supreme Court didn’t take action. The Texas law, Senate Bill 8, went into effect […]

How Michigan became a success story for prisoner college programs

BY: - August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON — Prison inmates around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: Pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and universities […]

On this day in 1971: KKK bombs empty Pontiac buses set to racially integrate schools

BY: - August 30, 2021

On Aug. 30, 1971, 10 idled Pontiac School District buses were destroyed by Ku Klux Klan members. Dynamite was the weapon.   Black- and silver-haired Kevin Davidson, 61, remembers it like yesterday.  He was 11 when his African-American family moved to Pontiac from Detroit 50 years ago. They lived in the newly constructed and predominantly Black […]

Colleagues of former judge charged with assault say the system failed to protect them

BY: - August 29, 2021

An assault charge against retired Ingham County Circuit Court Chief Judge William Collette earlier this month didn’t surprise some of his former judicial colleagues, who say their reports of his threatening behavior toward them while on the bench were ignored. They contend the problem of bullying and harassment in the court is bigger than Collette, […]