Category Archives: Courts

Lawsuit filed for removal of liquor store proximity law

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A lawsuit has been filed against the state for rescinding a proximity law for liquor stores. The law prohibited liquor stores from opening within a half-mile of each other. The state lifted the law last week without a public hearing. The trade group that filed the suit is alleging that it was illegal to remove the law without the public’s input or knowledge. The Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers filed the suit against the state and the Liquor Control Commission. Continue reading

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