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.

Gallager to Office of the Washtenaw County Public Defender

February 26, 2021

MGC is proud to announce that James M. Gallagher has accepted a position as a senior trial attorney in the Office of the Washtenaw County Public Defender, where he will continue to serve our community.  We in Ann Arbor are extremely fortunate to have people like Jimmy G working to ensure that low-income defendants are […]

Report calls on Michigan prison system to sharply reduce its use of solitary confinement

February 16, 2021

Note from our offices: Solitary confinement should be illegal under almost all circumstances. It is inhumane and barbaric! LANSING – A report to be released Tuesday calls on the Michigan Department of Corrections to significantly reduce its use of solitary confinement, saying that isolating prisoners makes mental health problems worse and contributes to prisoner deaths.

Michigan judges can’t stop medical marijuana use by probationers, court rules

February 15, 2021

Registered patients previously barred from using medical marijuana while on probation may now light up, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

Local Zoning Restrictions NOT preempted by Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA)

January 26, 2021

In an unpublished opinion, we affirmed the trial court’s September 2017 order determining that plaintiff’s, the Charter Township of Ypsilanti, zoning ordinance directly conflicted with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA), MCL 333.26421 et seq., and thus was preempted by the MMMA.

Washtenaw prosecutor won’t charge people for marijuana, shrooms, other psychedelics

January 12, 2021

MGC fully supports our progressive prosecutor in this announcement, shifting the priorities of his office and recognizing the war on drugs has failed!

New Washtenaw County prosecutor will stop seeking cash bail

January 6, 2021

MGC welcomes Eli Savit and his new progressive bail policies to Washtenaw County, MI. Washtenaw County’s newly elected prosecutor announced Monday that his office will no longer seek cash bail in criminal cases, saying it discriminates against poor people and perpetuates racial inequities in the justice system.