Category Archives: Courts

Kalamazoo shooter asks judge to suppress statements

gavelLawyers for Kalamazoo accused mass shooter Jason Dalton will ask a judge to suppress some of Dalton’s statements. The Kalamazoo circuit court has set a hearing on that request for February 10. Dalton is accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others during a shooting spree last February.

Kalamazoo Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Williams says his office has a “very strong” case.

We certainly want to present all the evidence that we possibly have for the jury, so that’s why we’re going to argue to keep those statements in and we hope the judge will make a decision we agree with.

After his arrest Dalton told police the ride-hailing app Uber had possessed him. The prosecutor’s office says it expects the court to set a trial date after the hearing in February.

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.