Criminal Justice

Judge deems Line 5 mediation at ‘standstill’

BY: - September 21, 2021

Updated, 8:12 p.m., 9/21/21, with comments from Enbridge The federal judge tasked with determining which court — state or federal — will determine whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline has formally acknowledged the mediation breakdown between the parties. In a Tuesday order, Judge Janet Neff dismisses the state’s Sept. 14 […]

Despite PPO, Rep. Marino is still allowed in Capitol, House Office Building

BY: - September 21, 2021

After state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.) allegedly told Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) that he was making it his “life mission to destroy you” and he hoped her car exploded on her way to work, the Democratic lawmaker said she is deeply concerned for her well-being and is terrified to be in the same building […]

Michigan joins AG coalition against Miss. abortion ban, SCOTUS to hear case in December

BY: - September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has been […]

‘What was left behind was a broken family’

BY: - September 21, 2021

Nelly Fuentes remembers the moment her entire life changed. She remembers how cold it was that morning in February 2008. How her husband’s voice shook when he told her he had been pulled over while driving home from work. “That’s when my nightmare began,” said Fuentes, who lives in Southwest Michigan. “Anyone who’s undocumented knows […]

Bipartisan bills boost crisis response and jail diversion programs for people with mental illness

BY: - September 20, 2021

State Sens. Rick Outman (R-Six Lakes) and Sen. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) introduced two bills last week to establish grants funding community crisis and jail intervention programs in localities to address pitfalls in mental health response programs in Michigan.  In 1974, the Community Mental Health code was established in Michigan that created laws and programs to […]

COMMENTARY

Trish Zornio: 5 facts anti-abortion activists get wrong

BY: - September 20, 2021

Want to reduce abortions? Doing so doesn’t require unconstitutional abortion bans. Conversations on female reproductive biology have long been muted. The duct tape is often applied by religious and conservative sects that historically view even the most basic utterances of sexual education as lewd. The result? A fundamental lack of understanding of reproductive health by sexually […]

Rep. Manoogian secures PPO against Rep. Marino

BY: - September 18, 2021

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham), who this week accused Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.) of domestic violence, has secured a Personal Protection Order (PPO) against him. The order was issued Friday by 30th Circuit Judge Lisa McCormick. Both are on the floor for House sessions and each have offices in the House Office Building. House […]

Rep. Jones stripped of committee assignments after 3rd bond violation

BY: - September 16, 2021

Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Clare) stripped Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) of all committee assignments Thursday.  That followed Jones attempting to sneak a handcuff key into jail on Tuesday after a judge sent him to jail for committing his third bond violation after initially being arrested for drunk driving and resisting arrest.  Jones was arrested […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

Rep. Manoogian alleges Rep. Marino committed domestic violence

BY: - September 15, 2021

State Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) released a statement Wednesday afternoon alleging that state Rep. Steve Marino (R-Harrison Twp.), who was stripped of his committee assignments Tuesday without explanation, committed domestic violence. “The unfortunate reality is that many people in our society have experienced domestic abuse, which often comes from someone we would never expect,” Manoogian […]

State files complaint against mediator in Line 5 case

BY: - September 15, 2021

Updated, 2:23 p.m., 9/16/21, with new comments from Whitmer’s office and MackinawOde New filings in federal court Tuesday suggest that the court-ordered mediation process between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has gone awry, just mere weeks away from the late September date they had anticipated the process would be complete. Attorney […]

Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the Equal Protection Clause, claiming […]