How Wayne County icon Judge Strong has impacted Detroit
DETROIT – Wayne County Judge Craig Strong is a Detroit icon who has done so much while on the bench, and continues to be a trailblazer even through his retirement. Strong was born and raised on the west side of Detroit, but it wasn’t easy for him to get to where he is today. During his time on the bench, Judge Strong received numerous accolades, such as becoming the president of the Association of Black Judges in Michigan -- an organization he helped create as one of the founding members. READ: Black History Month: Detroit’s top cop has message on overcoming racismREAD: Conrad Mallett Jr. -- former chief justice discusses life, legacyAdAfter a fruitful career, Strong recently retired from the Wayne County Circuit Court. Judge Strong is the recipient of multiple awards including the Man of the Year Humanitarian Award and the Wiley A. Branton Symposium Award for leadership.
Conviction Set Aside In ’93 Cold Case In Dispute Over Expert
DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court overturned a murder conviction in a 1993 homicide, saying a man’s rights were violated when he wasn’t allowed to hire a DNA expert at public expense. “These interests have been recognized as substantial.”Tanya Harris’ body was discovered in an abandoned building in Detroit in 1993 and remained a cold case for years. Kennedy’s court-appointed lawyer, John Holler, sought approval to hire an expert at public expense, but Wayne County Judge Craig Strong turned him down. So the attorney hired the expert out of his own pocket, roughly $1,800, though he couldn’t afford Brian Zubel’s full assistance. We should have fair and just trials.”Kennedy was in prison for second-degree murder in a different case when he was charged in Harris’ death.detroit.cbslocal.com