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Judge MacKenzie with former Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court
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
Thursday, 13 April 2017 / Published in Law
When my partners and I created the Justice Speakers Institute, the main goal was to work to improve justice throughout the world but, admittedly, I also wanted the opportunity to travel.  As a result, I purchase a lot of airline tickets flying from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a Delta hub. I have had my share of
Thursday, 30 March 2017 / Published in Law
“Individual batterers or rapists or sexual harassers don’t just emerge out of a swamp; they act out larger systemic forces,” said Jackson Katz, an author and co-founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention. “For us to dramatically reduce domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment, we have to change the social norms that underlie those behaviors.” David
Friday, 17 March 2017 / Published in Democracy, Flint
The number of people claiming that the American governmental system is broken and that it is impossible to fix is growing. Anti-democratic rhetoric is now common. On Twitter, Face book and other social media, people routinely claim that our founders created a republic, not a democracy, while others express support for rolling back democratic election
Thursday, 16 March 2017 / Published in Law, Specialty Courts
The Michigan prescription drug and opiate abuse task force found that the surge in heroin use results from the growing opioid prescription drug epidemic.  As this plague threatens to overwhelm the criminal justice system and fills hospitals’ emergency rooms, many people are asking what can be done. The most recent research tells us that locking
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 / Published in Law, Specialty Courts
Whatever joy the Sumerians thought the poppy brought, opiate use —  heroin and opioid pain relievers like oxycodon — is now an epidemic, not just in Michigan, but across the United States. In just the past three weeks: Two sisters from Farmington overdosed on heroin in different locations on the same day. A 20-year-old woman from