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Arts & Culture
11:16 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Michigan attorney defends Sherlock Holmes copyright

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Martin Freeman star in TV's 'Masterpiece Mystery!' series 'Sherlock'.

"The game is afoot". That's one of many recognizable phrases from the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. John Bursch is a Grand Rapids lawyer who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on eight occasions. Now, one of his most unusual clients is the Doyle estate.

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Politics & Government
12:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Local chemical castration case raises ethical, medical issues

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina
Credit http://cc.ingham.org/

In the last thirty years, a Lansing resident by the name of David Lee Arnold has been convicted of indecent exposure 17 times, that’s according to the Lansing State Journal. Today, Arnold will appear in Ingham County Circuit Court to receive his sentencing for exposing his genitals at three different coffee shops in East Lansing and Meridian Township since 2013. Current State has learned that it’s expected that part of his sentencing agreement with Judge Rosemarie Aquilina today will include the requirement that Arnold must be injected with a medication called Depo-Lupron. Both Arnold’s attorney and the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office declined to comment.

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Arts & Culture
1:25 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

From infamy to exoneration: Central Park Five seek final resolution

Raymond Santana (left) and Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five were exonerated years after their incarceration.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

On the night of April 19, 1989, a young white woman was raped in Central Park and left for dead. New York City was outraged by the crime. The next day police arrested 5 Black and Latino teenagers, and the media frenzy began.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Mon November 4, 2013

State Sen. Jones defends push to move Court of Claims out of Ingham County

Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) says it’s wrong and expensive to focus the operations of the Court of Claims in Ingham County.
Credit senatorrickjones.com

Republicans in the Michigan legislature are pursuing change at the state’s Court of Claims.  That’s the judicial body that decides legal actions against the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:18 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Michigan again at center of nation's affirmative action debate

The U.S. Supreme Court Building, where a Michigan-based affirmative action case is heard by the nation's highest court.
Credit Rick Pluta/MPRN

For the second time in a decade, the Supreme Court of the United States will scrutinize the use of race in admissions policies at Michigan’s public universities.

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NewsRoom
8:01 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Senate Hearings to Open on Public Defense in Michigan

WKAR file photo

The state Senate Judiciary Committee opens hearings Tuesday on a plan to fix Michigan’s public defender system.

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NewsRoom
3:08 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

SCOTUS Ruling Gives 350+ MI Inmates Chance For Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the constitutionality of state laws allowing juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.
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The U.S.  Supreme Court has struck down state laws that allow juveniles to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Michigan is one of several states that allowed juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.

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