Category Archives: Courts

Officers and state dispute whether protest turned into a riot at Kinross Correctional

Kinross_admin_building_503865_7We’re learning more details about an incident that occurred earlier this month at the Kinross Correctional Facility in the eastern Upper Peninsula. The union that represents prison guards there says the state has played down the incident… which the union describes as a full blown riot. But the Department of Corrections disagrees.

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Lawmakers pushing for greater transparency with FOIA requests

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The Freedom of Information Act could be changing in Michigan.

A House committee approved a bill Thursday that prevent public bodies like the government from suing someone that requests information through a FOIA request. A package of bills designed to take away the governor’s exemption from FOIA is also making its way through the legislature. Continue reading

New film argues women need equal protection under the law

MG_2225A new film explores what the director calls the assault on women’s rights in the U.S. and outlines the need for an Equal Rights Amendment explicitly giving women equal protection under the law.

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Recommendations for Sexual Assault Kits processing submitted to legislature

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Seven years after thousands of untested sexual assault kits were found Detroit, officials have released recommendations to help prevent backlogs in the future.

A state commission has submitted recommendations to improve the processing and review of sexual assault kits.

Officials said the proposal would allow for tracking of rape kits.

Debi Cain is the Executive Director of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. She said, the process to get sexual assault kits can be embarrassing for the victim.

“I don’t think people understand how much of an affront it can be for an victim who have gone through this very intense and invasive process. To find out that the kit ends up on a shelf and nothing happened to it.”

Cain said, under the proposal sexual assault kits must be processed within 90 days. She said the move would give victims a sense of control and security.

Foster care bills on Governor’s desk drafted by U of M law students

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Two bills signed into law this week could help keep siblings in foster care together.

We’ve already done some reporting on the bills, but not on the unusual path the bills took to get to Snyder’s desk.

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Parties on the Fourth of July might not be as wild as past years on Torch Lake, new court ruling suggests

Photo courtesy of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance. The photo was used as evidence for the civil case.

Photo courtesy of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance. The photo was used as evidence for the civil case.

A Torch Lake protection organization has won a lawsuit against party promoters who brought more than 10,000 people to the lake last Fourth of July.

The Torch Lake Protection Alliance filed a lawsuit against party promoters from Lansing. They say the DJ and party bus company enticed more than 10,000 people to come to the lake for Fourth of July last year. Continue reading