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Police Officer Acquitted after Shooting and Killing of Antwon Rose

In June of 2018 Antwon Rose II was shot and killed by a white police officer, Michael Rosfeld. Rosfeld stopped a car that had been identified in a drive-by shooting. After the car was pulled over Antwon fled from the car. Rosfeld shot him three times, including one time in the back. Antwon was without a weapon when he was shot and was not a threat to the officer. Rosfeld stated he thought the 17 year old had […]

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Sexual Assault and Harassment Occurring in the Air

A cramped airplane is the last place you think a sexual assault would occur, but unfortunately, they happen more than you would think. New Laws Designed to Protect Airplane Passengers A sexual misconduct task force bill was reauthorized by the Federal Aviation Administration. Airlines have stated they have no tolerance for sexual harassment or assault in the workplace for their employees or for their passengers. Several high profile cases have lead to this bill. A sleeping passenger was […]

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Cold Cases Finally End Due To DNA and Genetic Genealogy

In Yellowstone County in 1973 a young married couple was strangled to death. The victims were Linda and Clifford Bernhardt. Linda had also been sexually assaulted. The case went on for 45 years with no answers as to who committed such a terrible crime. That was until an online database that traces distant relatives was utilized. GEDmatch was able to determine that Cecil S. Caldwell had indeed murdered and raped Linda Bernhardt and murdered Clifford Bernhardt. Unfortunately, Caldwell […]

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Man Wrongfully Convicted of Rape Exonerated Due to New Fingerprint Technology

In 1982 Archie Williams was wrongfully convicted of rape, aggravated burglary and attempted murder. He was sentenced to life in prison. Fingerprint technology proved his innocence due to the innocence project, a nonprofit organization that challenges wrongful convictions. The true rapist was identified as Stephen Forbes. Forbes had been convicted of several other rapes and later passed in prison. During the trial Williams had several alibi’s that testified he was sleeping at the time of the crime. The […]

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What Does the New Marijuana Law Say?

Michigan voters have said yes to legal marijuana. What does this mean for you? What You Can Do A person over 21 can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. Not more than 15 grams of the marijuana can be in concentrate form. A person can use and consume marijuana. At home, a person can have up to 10 ounces of marijuana and 12 marijuana plants for personal use. A person over 21 may assist another person in […]

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Michigan Says Yes to Legal Weed

In a historic vote the people of Michigan have chosen to make marijuana legal for recreational use. What is Allowed Those 21 and up can have up to 2.5 ounces of weed on them. They can have up to 10 ounces at home (must be locked up). People may grow up to 12 plants at home for personal use. What isn’t Allowed Lighting up in public will still be against the law. Importantly, driving under the influence of […]

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Michigan to Vote on Legal Marijuana Soon

In less than two weeks Michigan voters will go to the polls and decide on legal marijuana. Less than ten years ago Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana. So we’ll see what happens this November 6. What Are We Voting on Exactly? Here is the language that you will see on the ballot when you go to vote: Proposal 18-1 A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at […]

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What Is A Hardship Appeal?

A Hardship Appeal is a way to keep driving after losing your license to an implied consent suspension. Chemical Tests in DWI Cases When arrested for driving while intoxicated, a police officer will ask you to take a chemical test, either a blood or breath test. This is not the preliminary breath test (PBT) at the side of the road. Refusal of the PBT is a civil infraction. The penalty for refusal of the chemical test is a […]

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What Convictions Will Disqualify Me From Boot Camp in Michigan?

A person convicted of a felony and headed to prison may instead attend boot camp as an alternative to prison. Not everyone is eligible for the boot camp option. At a starting point, convictions for certain crimes will disqualify people from boot camp altogether. Below is a list of those crimes. Disqualification includes conviction of the crime, or an attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation of the crime). Operating while intoxicated causing death or serious injury. MCL 257.625(4) and (5) […]

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Operating While Intoxicated by Fentanyl

Fentanyl is in the category of drugs known as opiates, drugs derived from opium. Drugs in this group include morphine, codeine, and heroin. These drugs act as painkillers. The drugs vary in terms of strength, but they all produce similar effects. For example, heroin has two to three times the strength of morphine. Fentanyl is about 75 times the strength of morphine. Some opiates can be thousands of times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl use has become common with […]

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