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The importance of voting, some election laws and

Expungements of criminal convictions — Part II

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Expungements of criminal convictions — Part I

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The legal challenges to Gov. Whitmer’s executive orders — Part II

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The legal challenges to Governor Whitmer’s executive orders – Part I

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Constitutional Rights you may not know you have

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The Fourth of July — Independence Day

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Unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases

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 On March 10, by Executive Order 2020-04, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared that Michigan was in a state of emergency.

 Typically, when a traffic stop is made of a suspected intoxicated driver, the police officer will request that they comply with a number of requests not the least of which is to take three tests, which are collectively referred to as the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST).

The news on the spread of the coronavirus is being reported on a daily basis with most of it being bad although some of it could be good.

 The prison movie “The Shawshank Redemption” tells the story of a wrongfully convicted man named Andy Dufresne (Timothy Robbins) and his friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman) and what happens to both of them during and after their stays in prison.

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 First, as a lawyer and now as a judge, it has been my privilege to be a part of our legal system and everything that it stands for.

 Whenever a case is filed in a Michigan court, the entity or person initiating it has certain duties and responsibilities.

 What if there were laws, which allowed criminal defendants to “learn from their mistakes” and if specific conditions were met, have their cases dismissed?

 Among the types of criminal cases that come before a court are those involving children as victims of sex or abuse offenses and vulnerable adult victims.

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 Let’s start the new year with some good news.

 The pilot program is intended to help with bond decisions by supplying certain information to the judge so that the risks involved in allowing a defendant’s release can be assessed using evidence based practices.

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 Whenever a person is arrested on a criminal charge, they have the right to have a judge or magistrate make a determination as to whether they can be released from jail pending trial. Typically, the answer is yes and the court will set what is known as a bond (or bail) depending on the indiv…

 The impeachment inquiry against President Trump by the United States House of Representatives is continuing with public hearings scheduled to start today.