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Judge MacKenzie with former Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court
Monday, 09 October 2017 / Published in Law
I wrote the first judicial decision in Michigan dismissing a case based upon the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The reasoning is upheld in a published opinion by the Michigan Court of Appeals So don’t claim that I want to get rid of people’s Second Amendment rights. I know what the Constitution says and what
Monday, 09 October 2017 / Published in Law
There is a young man, let’s call him Ted. He was conceived in Los Angeles.  He spent the first seven months in his mothers womb there. His grandmother became sick and so the family went to pay their last respects, and so he was born in Mexico. Shortly after the family returned to LA.   His
Monday, 09 October 2017 / Published in Law
Two men carrying stolen pistols, Jesse Dismukes and David Holland, waited for the phone signal from gang leader Timothy Carpenter on Dec. 1, 2012. Carpenter sat in his Ford Explorer outside a Radio Shack on Gratiot Avenue in Detroit.  When signaled, his accomplices pulled their guns, entered the store and forced everyone into a back
Friday, 25 August 2017 / Published in Law
A Michigan congressman and a constituent recently had an conversation as they they waited to board a plane at Metro Airport. After learning the constituent had not voted for him, the lawmaker told her that if she wanted a representative who would listen to her concerns she needed to move to a different congressional district.
Friday, 25 August 2017 / Published in Law
You’re being followed. Everywhere you go and how long you stay is being tracked.  It’s not paranoia, it’s reality and the spy is in your pocket. It’s your smartphone. Within every smartphone is a software that tracks you.  All your data is transmitted, analyzed and exploited by Google, Apple and various apps companies.  Deep within
Friday, 04 August 2017 / Published in Law
Oakland County is suing Michigan. The lawsuit is about attorneys. More specifically, the lawsuit is, in part, about which set of taxpayers pays for attorneys. The lawyer who sued for the county is paid by Oakland County tax dollars; the one representing Michigan is being paid by state taxpayers, including Oakland County.  This is not
Friday, 04 August 2017 / Published in Law
Have you ever seen or known of a baby that was born affected by opiates? Withdrawal can be just as traumatic as for an adult, except the baby has no prior experience which would help it cope with the symptoms. Signs of Opioid-Induced Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome  (NAS) include: • Tremors • Convulsions • Fever •
Friday, 04 August 2017 / Published in Law
The children of Flint were poisoned. They consumed dangerous levels of lead as a direct result of a philosophy that government should run like a business without considering the impact of its decisions on the people it was designed to serve. In order to make Michigan’s books balance, the safety of children was ignored. State
Monday, 26 June 2017 / Published in Democracy, Law
Jim Harbaugh went to the United States Senate in Washington D.C. last week. He was not there to filibuster, but to deliver prepared remarks at a Congressional briefing. “Many of you are probably wondering why a football coach is speaking at an event like this. I may be a football coach, but I am an
Sunday, 14 May 2017 / Published in Law
State Rep. Klint Kesto, chair of the Michigan House Law and Justice Committee, plans hearings to discuss “safe and secure rehabilitation” policies and to explore what other states have done to improve their approach to the criminal justice system. One thing Kesto and his committee need to examine is Michigan’s expensive, ineffective bail system. The
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