Protest Rights

April 13, 2022

From the ALCU: “The right to protest and express your opinions is one of the most basic and important rights in the United States. Protests play an important role in preserving democracy by raising awareness and bringing about change. Recognizing the historical and central importance of protests and demonstrations, the First Amendment of the U.S. […]

Michigan and Detroit lost one of its finest daughters.

August 19, 2021

  Judge Karen Fort Hood, a Detroit native, former school teacher and legal trailblazer who twice broke racial barriers as the first Black woman to be elected to the Michigan Court of Appeals and chair the Judicial Tenure Commission, died Sunday.  She was 68. Read the Full Article Judge Hood dedicated her life to her community and then the […]

Justice Served, Ypsilanti township must now stop its abusive nuisance enforcement actions

August 2, 2021

The decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals is an important victory for the rights of low income individuals and others who do not understand and cannot afford to fight local governments in these frivolous nuisance actions, brought to seize private property and unlawfully evict families from their homes. I was proud to fight for […]

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 […]