Federal Judge Orders University of Michigan to Give Student Live Hearing in Sexual Misconduct Case

A Federal Judge in Detroit ruled that a University of Michigan Student gets a live hearing in the University’s Title IX investigation of him for sexual assault. The University Investigation Process Currently, a University of Michigan student accused of sexual harassment or sexual assault is subject to the University’s investigation system. This system has an investigator who speaks separately with the student making the accusation and the student accused. The accused can ask questions of the accuser and […]

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Michigan State Police to Increase Writing Tickets for Failure to Yield this Week

Watch your driving out there this week. During the next week, the Michigan State Police will focus on writing tickets for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. This is a misdemeanor in Michigan. What is Failure to Yield? The failure to yield law requires drivers to take required actions when seeing certain vehicles with flashing lights on the side of the road. The law applies to police vehicles, ambulances, fire, rescue, and road service vehicles, such as […]

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What Cities Will Allow Marijuana Businesses?

The Michigan Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act allows for communities to decide for themselves whether the allow marijuana businesses and which types of businesses. The communities then license the types of businesses. Different Types of Marijuana Business Licenses There are several different kinds of licenses: Growing: License A – 500 plants, License B – 1,000 plants, License C – 1,500 plants Dispensaries – referred to as provisioning centers Secure Transporters – they do what it sounds like Processing Centers […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Upholds Sentencing of 1 Day to Life for Convictions of Sexual Delinquents in People v. Arnold

In the Michigan Supreme Court case of People v. Arnold, the Court upheld an alternative sentencing scheme for defendants convicted as a sexual delinquents. The Court held that a sexually delinquent person may be sentenced to either imprisonment between 1 day and life or by the current felony sentencing guidelines. What Happened in the Case The Defendant was convicted by a jury in the Monroe County Circuit Court of aggravated indecent exposure and indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person, […]

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Medical Marijuana Use Protected from City Zoning Laws – Deruiter v. Township of Byron

The Court of Appeals delivered a big win for medical marijuana rights. The Court ruled that the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act takes priority over local city zoning ordinances. Caregivers may grow marijuana despite zoning ordinances so long as the caregiver grows in an enclosed, locked facility and meets location requirements. This comes from the case of Deruiter v. Township of Byron. What Happened in the Case Byron Township had a zoning ordinance prohibiting medical use of marijuana in […]

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State Hands Out First Medical Marijuana Business Licenses

The State has granted licenses to 7 medical marijuana business, the first licenses given out. For the licenses, there is a dispensary and processor in Ann Arbor, a secure transport company in Lansing, and four grow operations in Chesaning, which is located between Flint and Saginaw. The businesses won’t be able to operate for at least a month. However, no licenses were granted to testing facilities. This means no marijuana could actually be sold until a testing facility […]

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Medical Marijuana Approved for 11 New Conditions

The State just approved new conditions for medical marijuana use. The New Conditions The new conditions approved for medical marijuana use include; Arthritis Autism Chronic Pain Colitis Inflammatory Bowel Disease Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Parkinson’s Disease Rheumatoid Arthritis Spinal Cord Injury Tourette’s Syndrome Ulcerative Colitis Medical Conditions Denied for Medical Marijuana The State also rejected medical marijuana use for several medical conditions. These include; Anxiety Asthma Brain Injury Depression Diabetes Gastric Ulcer Non-severe or Non-chronic Pain Organ Transplant Panic […]

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New Law Limits Painkiller Prescriptions

A new law goes into effect that is designed to help curb the opioid epidemic. What the New Law Does Doctors may now only prescribe seven days worth of opioid medicine to people with a short-term need for the drugs. A short-term need may include surgeries, a bad back, or a broken limb. Prescriptions can be refilled after the seven day period expires. What is an Opioid? Opioids are more commonly known as pain killers. Prescription opioids can […]

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What Happens to Old Marijuana Convictions if Weed Becomes Legal?

In the next November election, Michigan voters will decide whether marijuana will be legal for recreational personal use. It is a real possibility that marijuana use and possession will soon be legal. This leads to the question – what about all those people who have convictions on their record for possession or use of marijuana? It may not seem fair that many people will be stuck with marijuana convictions on their record once the basis for that conviction […]

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Court of Appeals Rules Against Support Dogs for Adults in Trials in People v. Shorter

The appearance of support dogs in court has become more and more common. The idea is for the dogs to provide comfort to people who are scared or stressed to testify in public. The most common area for the dogs are for the complainant (the person accusing the defendant of the crime) in sex crime cases. This leads to the question: How does the jury see the dogs? Might the jury be prejudiced into believing the complainant over […]

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