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Davontae Sanford, imprisoned as teen for 4 slayings, sues Detroit

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Feds probe DOJ employee, owner of Detroit bar

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Lawsuit: Detroit schools breached former deputy superintendent's contract

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Indiana man gets 12-18 years in 1977 Mich. cold case
Cassopolis, Mich. — An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to killing his cousin in 1977 in southwestern Michigan has been sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison. Cass Circuit Judge Mark Herman sentenced 58-year-old Raymond Richmond on Friday after accepting the agreement in which the South Bend man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The shooting death of 25-year-old Robert Stasiak in Edwardsburg initially was deemed a suicide, but the investigation was reopened in 2015 and Stasiak’s body exhumed for an autopsy   Read More ...
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Indiana man gets 12-18 years in 1977 Michigan cold case
CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) - An Indiana man who pleaded guilty to killing his cousin in 1977 in southwestern Michigan has been sentenced to 12 to 18 years in prison. Cass Circuit Judge Mark Herman sentenced 58-year-old Raymond Richmond on Friday after accepting the agreement in which the South Bend man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The shooting death of 25-year-old Robert Stasiak in Edwardsburg initially was deemed a suicide, but the investigation was reopened in 2015 and Stasiak's body exhumed for an autopsy   Read More ...
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Doctor: Change in Flint's water most likely explanation for Legionnaire' disease outbreak
Buy Photo. During the first day of testimony in the case against the highest-ranking government official to face criminal charges in the Flint water crisis, a doctor said he believed that an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease stemmed from the change in Flint’s water source. “My opinion is the most plausible, most likely explanation, is that the change in the water was responsible for an increase in Legionnaires' disease,” said Dr   Read More ...
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Man pleads guilty to fire that killed 13 horses
GRAND RAPIDS — A troubled young man long suspected in an arson fire that killed 13 therapy horses pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony charges stemming from the deadly April 8th blaze in Lowell Township. Instead of prison, 20-year-old Payton Jonathan Mellema will be placed on probation for five years, with the first three years at a secured residential treatment facility, according to a plea agreement   Read More ...
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Judge tosses 1 of 2 'halal pepperoni' lawsuits against Little Caesars
Halal is the Muslim equivalent of Judaism's kosher and requires that meat be prepared according to Islamic guidelines, such as reciting a prayer while the animal is cut. Wochit. A Wayne County judge today tossed out the initial lawsuit filed against Little Caesars Pizza alleging that pork was sold as “halal pepperoni” at one of its Dearborn locations, according to court documents provided by an attorney for the pizza company   Read More ...
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Bashara’s bid for new trial rejected by appeals court
Convicted murderer and former Grosse Pointe Park businessman Bob Bashara insists he did not get a fair trial because the media smeared him and his lawyers didn’t properly defend him. The Michigan Court of Appeals disagreed Thursday, denying his appeal. After a lengthy, often raucous trial, Bashara was convicted in 2014 orchestrating the Jan. 24, 2012, murder of his wife, Jane Bashara   Read More ...
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Ill. court upholds murder conviction of Drew Peterson
Springfield, Ill. — The use of hearsay testimony to convict former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson in the death of his third wife was proper, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in upholding the conviction. The high court, in a unanimous decision, found that hearsay testimony from Peterson’s missing fourth wife did not violate his constitutional right to confront his accusers   Read More ...
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Polygamist pleads guilty in escape, fraud cases
Salt Lake City — A polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run has pleaded guilty in an escape and food-stamp fraud cases. Lyle Jeffs pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Salt Lake City. He was charged in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar food-stamp fraud scheme as well as his escape from home confinement. Jeffs was awaiting trial in the food-stamp case when he slipped off his ankle monitor and escaped in June 2016   Read More ...
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Magic Johnson subpoenaed in Draymond Green lawsuit in California
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, a former Michigan State star and Saginaw native, stops by Comerica Park on Sept. 14, 2017, to throw out the first pitch. By George Sipple, DFP. Attorneys for former MSU football player Jermaine Edmondson want to question Johnson about a OAKLAND, Calif. — Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a former Michigan State football player’s lawsuit against Golden State Warriors star and former MSU All-America Draymond Green, according to court documents   Read More ...
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Magic to testify as witness in Draymond Green lawsuit
Oakland, Calif. — Earvin “Magic” Johnson has been subpoenaed to testify as a witness in a former Michigan State University football player’s lawsuit against Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, according to court documents. Attorneys for Jermaine Edmondson, who is suing Green over an alleged 2016 assault, want to question Johnson about a tweet he posted following the incident outside a Michigan restaurant   Read More ...
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Detroit: Towing company swiped cars in elaborate scheme
Detroit officials claim a local towing company is part of an “elaborate” stolen vehicle scam involving a Highland Park police officer and a former attorney for towing magnate Gasper Fiore. A 61-page counter-complaint filed in federal court by the city on Sept. 11 in U.S. District Court — a response to a July lawsuit by Detroit towing firm Nationwide Recovery Inc   Read More ...
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Dairy farm owner pleads guilty to using illegal labor
CASS CITY, Mich. — The owner of two Michigan dairy farms pleaded guilty Tuesday to harboring workers who were in the U.S. illegally and agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to the government. Denis Burke, an Irish immigrant, admits he employed more than 100 people who were in the U.S. without legal permission. Guilty pleas were also entered on behalf of his farms, Dunganstown Dairy and Parisville Dairy, both located in Michigan's Thumb region   Read More ...
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Davontae Sanford, imprisoned as teen for 4 slayings, sues Detroit
Davontae Sanford, the 23-year-old Detroit man who has served close to nine years in prison for a quadruple homicide officials now believe he did not commit, embraces his family after release from prison today. Kimberly P. Mitchell, DFP. Davontae Sanford, a Detroit man who went to prison as a teen for four slayings that were eventually linked to a professional hit man, is suing the city and two officers involved in his case   Read More ...
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Melania Trump threatens lawsuit over billboard
Zagreb, Croatia — Billboards featuring Melania Trump and the slogan “just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English” have been removed from the Croatian capital after her lawyer threatened a lawsuit. The billboards were part of a marketing campaign by a private English language school, which tried to persuade Croats to learn English by reminding them of the Slovenian-born U   Read More ...
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Columbus cops accused of excessive force against blacks
Columbus, Ohio — Columbus police continue to use excessive force against residents and, in particular, blacks nearly 20 years after the government sued over similar allegations, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the city. The department also fails to properly train, supervise, monitor and discipline officers who use excessive force, said the civil rights complaint filed Sunday on behalf of defendant Timothy Davis   Read More ...
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Tompor: 2 big Michigan credit unions hit with lawsuits regarding overdraft policies
Buy Photo. "Attention: Credit Union Members," state the bold red letters in a newspaper ad. "Has your credit union assessed multiple overdraft charges when you believed you had a sufficient balance?" The ad by the Michael B. Serling law firm seeks victims of "multiple overdraft charges" much like the Birmingham firm advertises to help victims of mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure   Read More ...
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Google hit with class action lawsuit over gender pay
Menlo Park, Calif. — Google faces a new lawsuit accusing it of gender-based pay discrimination. A lawyer representing three female former Google employees is seeking class action status for the claim. The suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, follows a federal labor investigation that made a preliminary finding of systemic pay discrimination among the 21,000 employees at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California   Read More ...
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Farmer's market lawsuit: East Lansing wrong to ban me
The case of Michigan farmer Steve Tennes who was banned from the East Lansing Farmer's Market will be heard by a judge today. He makes his case here.   Read More ...
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Feds secure 8th guilty plea in Macomb scandal
Detroit – An engineering contractor accused of bribing a Washington Township public official struck a plea deal Tuesday and will help the government prosecute others involved in a widespread corruption scandal. Paulin Modi is the eighth person to plead guilty in a scandal involving numerous Macomb County communities, trash hauler Rizzo Environmental Services, Detroit towing magnate Gasper Fiore and the Macomb County Public Works office   Read More ...
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Engineer pleads guilty to bribery in Macomb County public corruption probe
The federal government dropped a legal bomb on three millionaire businessmen today, indicting ex-trash company CEO Charles "Chuck” Rizzo, his father and towing company magnate Gasper Fiore on a slew of bribery and fraud charges. Ann Zaniewski/Detroit Free Press. Six months after a local official blew the whistle on him, an engineering contractor pleaded guilty to bribery today, admitting he paid a Macomb County politician money in exchange for a favor   Read More ...
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Court: Suit against cop over porch fight can continue
A Bay County couple accusing a police officer of unlawfully entering their home and arresting their son can continue suing the officer, an appeals court ruled Tuesday. The lawsuit stems from a 2013 scuffle involving the family and Bay City Police officers, a scuffle that turned into a four-year legal ordeal that serves as a social media cautionary tale. “Parents often tell their children social media can cause problems,” a three-judge panel from the 6th U   Read More ...
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Chris Carpenter sentenced to prison in wife's death
A Battle Creek man implicated in the 2015 death of his wife was sentenced Monday to at least six years and four months in prison. Christopher Carpenter, 32, was sentenced to 76 months to 10 years after he entered a plea in June to assault with intent to murder in the beating of his wife, Joy Nunley Carpenter. "Domestic violence is a horrific thing that is the scourge on our communities and you are the poster boy for it," Calhoun County Circuit Court Judge John Hallacy said   Read More ...
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Suspect pleads guilty in 1975 killing of Md. sisters
Bedford, Va. — A 60-year-old man who pleaded guilty in the killing of two young sisters from Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to two 48-year prison terms, more than four decades after the girls vanished during a trip to a local shopping mall. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. entered his plea in a Virginia court Tuesday and was sentenced soon after. The first-degree felony murder charges had carried the possibility of a death sentence   Read More ...
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Sides settle primate selfie lawsuit
Attorneys representing a macaque monkey have agreed to a compromise in a case where they asserted the animal owned the copyright to selfie photos it had shot with a photographer’s camera. Under the deal, the photographer agreed to donate 25 percent of any future revenue from the images to charities dedicated to protecting crested macaques in Indonesia, said the lawyers from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who filed the lawsuit   Read More ...
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UM invests $100M with litigation fund
The University of Michigan’s endowment plans to increase investments in private credit, litigation funds and real estate. The endowment will commit $100 million to the Siguler Guff Brazil Special Situations Fund, which invests in legal claims against Brazilian government entities, according to a board of regents agenda posted Monday. The school committed $50 million to another commercial litigation fund in February   Read More ...
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Westland man faces murder charge in death of roommate
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has filed charges against a Westland man accused of killing his roommate over the weekend. Jovica Nikoloski, 22, is expected to be charged with first-degree murder sometime Monday in Westland's 18th District Court, according to a news release from the prosecutor's office. Prosecutors said they expected Nikoloski would be arraigned Tuesday morning. Nikoloski is accused of killing his roommate, 25-year-old Spase Grazhdani, during an altercation that took place Saturday   Read More ...
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States sue Trump administration over fuel economy fines
Detroit — New York, California and three other states are suing the Trump administration, saying it must put in place higher penalties for automakers that violate federal fuel economy standards. The U.S. Department of Transportation more than doubled civil penalties for fuel economy violations last year after Congress ordered agencies to adjust their fines for inflation. The new rule, which was set to take effect in July, would require automakers to pay $14 for every tenth of a mile per gallon of fuel a vehicle consumes over its minimum fuel economy, multiplied by the number of vehicles sold   Read More ...
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Lawsuit filed over 2015 Macomb County Jail death
Another lawsuit has been filed against Macomb County Jail over the death of an inmate. The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reports that estate of an Eastpointe man who fatally overdosed while in custody has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the jail, its healthcare provider and the county. Daniel Byrd died in November 2015 three weeks into his incarceration. He was 42   Read More ...
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Feds probe DOJ employee, owner of Detroit bar
Detroit – Federal agents are investigating a Justice Department employee for alleged money laundering in an unusual case involving one of America’s best dive bars, the Nancy Whiskey Pub in Corktown. The investigation was revealed in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by bar owners Eva Reyes and Gerald Stevens. Reyes is a legal assistant in the drug task force unit of the U   Read More ...
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Teacher sues Detroit district, mayor over school water
A Detroit teacher is suing the district, Mayor Mike Duggan and other officials, alleging that students were poisoned by contaminated drinking water at a school. In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Thursday, Katrina Brown, a teacher with the Detroit Public Schools Community District, alleges she was retaliated against, harassed and forced to withdraw from teaching because she refused to allow the district “to poison” the children she teaches   Read More ...
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$10 million lawsuit filed against Macomb County Jail over inmate's overdose death
MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - The controversy surrounding the Macomb County Jail took another turn this week as a new multi-million dollar lawsuit has been filed over an inmate's death. Daniel Byrd, 42, overdosed on prescription pills while in custody in November 2015. The Local 4 Defenders investigated Byrd's death as part of an ongoing look into an unusually high number of in-custody deaths   Read More ...
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Lawsuit revived over man’s death in Macomb County jail
A woman whose husband died after a 300-pound jail officer knelt on his back has won a major decision in a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of excessive force. An appeals court on Wednesday reversed key rulings by federal Judge Terrence Berg and reinstated the lawsuit against Macomb County officers. It means the case will go to trial or be settled   Read More ...
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Lawsuit revived over man's death in Macomb County jail
MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A woman whose husband died after a 300-pound jail officer knelt on his back has won a major decision in a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of excessive force. An appeals court on Wednesday reversed key rulings by federal Judge Terrence Berg and reinstated the lawsuit against Macomb County officers. It means the case will go to trial or be settled   Read More ...
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Michigan man pleads guilty to smuggling drugs in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The second of three Michigan men arrested on drug trafficking charges at a New Mexico bus terminal last year has pleaded guilty in federal court. The U.S. attorney's office in New Mexico says 28-year-old Southfield, Michigan, resident Lewayne Deray Jennings pleaded guilty to a methamphetamine trafficking charge Wednesday. A co-defendant, 22-year-old Detroit resident Marcus Bernard Harris Jr   Read More ...
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15 states, D.C. sue Trump admin over ending DACA
New York — Fifteen states and the District of Columbia on sued Wednesday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation — an act Washington state’s attorney general called “a dark time for our country.” The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiffs were New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia   Read More ...
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Woman sentenced in Knights of Columbus embezzlement case
BAY CITY, Mich. — A 51-year-old woman has been sentenced to jail after being convicted in a gambling card scam at a Knights of Columbus hall in Michigan. The Bay City Times reports Melody A. Dominowski learned her punishment Tuesday after a jury earlier found her guilty of embezzlement between $1,000 and $20,000 from a nonprofit or charitable organization. She was sentenced to 93 days in jail followed by probation   Read More ...
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White supremacist lawsuit against MSU: We don't cause violence; activists to blame
The National Policy Institute, led by white supremacist Richard Spencer, asked for space in September on Michigan State University's campus Detroit Free Press staff. It's not us - it's them. That's the argument being used in a federal lawsuit filed Sunday by a white supremacist group asking a judge to force Michigan State University into giving them space on campus to speak   Read More ...
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MSU sued by Richard Spencer's white supremacist group for refusing space on campus
The National Policy Institute, led by white supremacist Richard Spencer, asked for space in September on Michigan State University's campus Detroit Free Press staff. Michigan State University is being sued by the organizer of white supremacist Richard Spencer's speaking tour. The suit, filed in federal court late Sunday night, alleges MSU violated Spencer's First Amendment rights when it denied him permission to speak on campus   Read More ...
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Detroit suits seek $30 million in unpaid property taxes
Detroit — The city is filing more than 1,000 lawsuits against financial institutions and for-profit corporations to recoup $30 million in unpaid property taxes it claims it is owed. The lawsuits, being filed on the city’s behalf by two outside law firms, are seeking to recover delinquent taxes owed from 2014-16 that the city was unable to recover through Wayne County foreclosure auctions   Read More ...
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Lawsuit: Detroit schools breached former deputy superintendent's contract
A former deputy superintendent for the Detroit Public Schools Community District has sued the district in Wayne County Circuit Court, saying his contract was breached when he was terminated in June. Kenneth Tokarz, who was the deputy superintendent of operations and auxiliary services, was hired in December and had a contract that expired in June 2019. He was let go during Superintendent Nikolai Vitti's reorganization of the central office staff   Read More ...
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