Small Modicum of Justice for the Mentally Ill

July 28, 2021

STIPULATED ORDER APPROVING FINAL SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN MPAS AND MDHHS AND DISMISSING MPAS’ CLAIMS AGAINST MDHHS AND ELIZABETH HERTEL WITH PREJUDICE On July 20, 2021, Plaintiff Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) and Defendant Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) entered into a Final Settlement Agreement. (Final Agreement, attached as Exhibit 1.) […]

Helpful Resource for Changes to Michigan Expungement Law

June 23, 2021

Michigan’s new expungement law (set aside conviction) went into effect on April 11, 2021.  For information regarding the process, see below resources: Michigan Legal Help (Adult Conviction) Michigan Legal Help (Juvenile Adjudication) Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office – Conviction Integrity & Expungement Unit Michigan Department of Attorney General

Former Michigan Inmate Sues Over Officials’ Refusal To Reverse Colostomy

May 4, 2021

Kohchise Jackson, is suing jail and prison health care providers, alleging they postponed or refused to perform a surgery to reverse his colostomy so they would not have to pay for it.

Irwin Proposes Improving Safety in Public Buildings

April 13, 2021

We fully support Sen. Irwin’s efforts to give local officials the power to act for public safety, especially when our state officials consistently fail to act to protect the public from the scourge of gun violence. LANSING, Mich. (April 7, 2021) — Today, Sen. Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor) introduced a bill to restore local control over gun […]

Umpire Joe West is awarded $500,000 in defamation lawsuit against former player Paul Lo Duca

April 13, 2021

I love this story You can scream at him, curse at him, and call him names, but if you attempt to discredit veteran umpire Joe West’s credibility, well, be ready to pay a lot bigger price than simply being thrown out of a game.

White House unveils half-dozen executive actions on gun control

April 8, 2021

President Biden unveiled a half-dozen executive actions designed to combat gun violence on Thursday. The orders look to introduce new regulations on “ghost gun” kits that can be assembled at home. They also call on Congress and states to pass red flag laws that can prevent a firearm purchase by someone deemed a threat to […]

New York Becomes First State to End Lawsuit Protections for Police Officers

March 29, 2021

Hopefully, other states will follow NY’s lead in leveling the playing field between police officers and citizen contact. A series of police reform bills were passed by the New York City Council Thursday, including a measure that eliminates qualified immunity for officers, CBS New York reports. New York becomes the first state to remove long-standing protections […]

Michigan Court of Appeals says probationers can use Medical Marijuana while on probation.

March 1, 2021

Defendant appeals by leave granted1 the circuit court’s order denying defendant’s application for leave to appeal the district court’s denial of his motion to allow him to use medical marijuana while on probation. We reverse the district court’s order denying the defendant’s motion to modify the terms of his probation to allow him to use […]

Washtenaw County prosecutor won’t help ICE deport noncitizens

February 26, 2021

Our new prosecutor issues a sensible and equitable mandate for Washtenaw County, MI. Good work Eli Savit!! WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Effective immediately, a person’s immigration status does not matter to the criminal justice system in Washtenaw County.