Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez urges federal judge to consider Daniel Solis’ ‘rampant’ corruption when weighing deal with prosecutors
Chicago Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez on Wednesday asked a federal judge to consider the “rampant and unchecked corruption” of his predecessor, Ald. Daniel Solis.chicagotribune.com
Parents of suspected Oxford High School shooter in custody after manhunt on Detroit’s east side
Parents of the suspected Oxford High School shooter are in custody and expected to face involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the attack their son is accused of committing, according to sources.
UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta
The head of the U.N. body investigating the most serious crimes in Myanmar says preliminary evidence collected since the military seized power on Feb. 1 shows a widespread and systematic attack on civilians amounting to crimes against humanity.
Lawyers seek ICC probe into alleged war crimes in Yemen
Human rights lawyers representing hundreds of victims of Yemen’s civil war are calling on the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Saudi-led coalition during the devastating conflictwashingtonpost.com
Crimes against Asian Americans continue to rise one year into COVID-19 pandemic
Crimes against Asian Americans continue to rise one year into COVID-19 pandemic There has been a troubling increase in crimes targeting Asian Americans across the United States. Associated Press race and ethnicity reporter Terry Tang joined CBSN to discuss how victims are dealing with their trauma and why it's important to include people of Asian heritage when discussing racial movements in the U.S.cbsnews.com
Targeting victims based on gender, sexual orientation now a hate crime in Washtenaw County
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – Crimes committed against a person in Washtenaw County where evidence shows the victim was targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity will now be charged as a hate crime. Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit announced Friday, Feb. 12, his office will charge crimes perpetuated on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity under Michigan’s ethnic intimidation law. The law does not specifically cover sexual orientation or gender identity as currently written. “Michigan’s laws regarding hate crimes do not expressly prohibit crimes based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity,” Savit wrote in his latest policy directive. To read the new policy directive in its entirety, click here.mlive.com
New Oakland County prosecutor shares concerns on rate of murders, unreported child abuse
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – About 20 to 25 murder cases are reported a year in Oakland County, said Karen McDonald, the new county prosecutor. But there have been seven murders reported since December. “If this trend continues, we are looking at a large amount of homicides,” McDonald said. Ad“I absolutely think it is COVID related,” McDonald said. Ad“We are trying not to incarcerate individuals that are not a public safety threat for a variety of reasons,” she said.
‘Our justice system needs to treat kids like kids:’ Washtenaw County Prosecutor won’t charge juveniles accused of minor crimes
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The juvenile justice system is no longer Washtenaw County’s go-to option when children and teens are accused of minor crimes. Since his term started, Savit has introduced sweeping policy changes to the county’s justice system, including rescinding the county’s no-tolerance policies, scrapping cash bail and combatting racial profiling. “All of this gives rise to a simple conclusion: Our justice system needs to treat kids like kids. Fights involving injuries and/or weapons on or off school property will be dealt with at the discretion of the prosecutor’s office. Petitions can be authorized by APAs if a continued threat to the safety of others is indicated or if the case is “more severe than typical school-related misbehavior.”Find the full policy directive here.
Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit talks vision, policy change in first weeks in office
ANN ARBOR – Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit has made his mark in his first 21 days in office. “I am a believer in the justice system based on what you did and not who you are,” said Savit. Three days later, Savit put Washtenaw County on the map by making it the first county in Michigan to scrap cash bail. Kids aren’t just mini adults and we shouldn’t be trapping them in the criminal legal system for adolescent or childhood mistakes. For instance, he said he’d rather see people deal with drug use through the health system rather than the legal system.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer commutes sentences for 4 men serving decades in prison for nonviolent crimes
Gretchen Whitmer has commuted the sentences of four men who were spending decades in prison for nonviolent crimes. He’s served 22 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2038. He’s served 21 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2030. He’s served 22 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2027. He’s served 16 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2024.
Victims testify in sexual assault case involving men from Eastern Michigan University fraternity
YPSILANTI, Mich. – A former Eastern Michigan University student charged with others in a string of sexual assaults that occurred during his time as a student heard from his victims in court on Tuesday. READ: More victims come forward in Eastern Michigan University sexual assault investigationDustyn Durbin is facing 15 separate charges in connection to the alleged assaults. For hours on Tuesday, victims told the judge what happened to them. The victims said the men who assaulted them were fraternity brothers. One of the victims said she repeatedly told Durbin to stop.