Leaked SCOTUS opinion: A look at the future of abortion in Michigan if Roe is overturned
The right to abortions has been widely debated among Americans and lawmakers alike in recent years -- a debate that has nearly reached a boiling point today, given that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide this summer whether to overturn a landmark 1973 abortion ruling.
Rita’s awarded $325K settlement from Saginaw 4 years after shooting closed café; business may reopen
SAGINAW, MI — As the dust settles on two lawsuits that earned a Saginaw businesswoman a single $325,000 settlement this week from the City of Saginaw, Rita Johnson said she was happy she did not let the dust settle inside the restaurant at the heart of the case. The Saginaw resident said she planned to reopen Rita’s Southern Soul Café at 110 N. Washington in time for New Year’s Day, which would mark more than four years since the shooting and revoked business license that led to its closure.mlive.com
Michigan man sues Hertz over receipt that cleared him of murder
FILE - In this May 6, 2020, file photo, a Hertz car rental is closed during the coronavirus pandemic in Paramus, N.J. Two investment firms are looking to take at least a controlling stake in rental car company Hertz for up to $4.2 billion and help it emerge from bankruptcy protection. The evidence from Hertz was finally obtained in 2018, leading to Herbert Alford's exoneration in Ingham County last year. Alford filed a lawsuit against Hertz on Tuesday, although the case will be slowed by the company's bankruptcy reorganization. The Hertz receipt showed Alford was renting a car at a Lansing-area airport around the time that Adams was shot, White said. The conviction was thrown out and charges were finally dropped in 2020, after Alford had served nearly five years in prison and jail.
Judge strikes down portions of Michigan towing law
DETROIT – A judge has struck down portions of a Michigan towing law as unconstitutional after low-income Detroit residents shared extraordinary stories of high fees and frustration about the whereabouts of their vehicles. The decision by U.S. District Judge Judith Levy could force changes in a law that's viewed as favorable to the towing industry. There was no maximum deadline to report a towed vehicle under the law, attorney Jason Katz said Wednesday. The law also required vehicle owners to pay any towing and storage fees before getting a court hearing to challenge a car's impoundment. While the case only involved Detroit, Levy's decision could be applied elsewhere in Michigan, Katz said.
Michigan man who threw woman to ground in road-rage incident ordered to pay $390K
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A Michigan man who caused a woman to suffer a traumatic brain injury when he slammed her to the ground after a road-rage incident has been ordered to pay more than $390,000 in medical restitution. Alvarez had earlier pleaded no contest to assault with intent to do great bodily injury less than murder. Samantha Sutherlin, 24, had pulled into a Grand Rapids parking lot in February after some type of road-rage incident involving Alvarez when Alvarez threw her to the ground. The mother said her husband had to quit his job to care for their daughter and her two small children. During the hearing, Alvarez apologized.
‘Did that happen? No.’ -- Detroit election official addresses fraud allegations
Detroit Election advisor Chris Thomas is an expert in Michigan’s elections. In 2020, he was an advisor for Detroit’s election and since Election Day, he’s been spending his time debunking claims of fraud. “That’s a marvelous thing.”He said the 2020 General Election votes are safe and the election is over. While no hard evidence has been discovered to support widespread voter fraud claims in the 2020 election, plenty of people have signed their name to sworn testimony. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has targeted Detroit in recent weeks, despite there being no evidence of fraud in the city.
Election lawsuits pending in Detroit days before Electoral College deadline
DETROIT – President Donald Trump is set to hold a rally Saturday in Georgia in support of Republicans in January’s Senate runoff elections. The Electoral College deadline is Tuesday and Detroit city officials are still fending off challenges in court. Officials with the city of Detroit issued a response that read in part, “Few lawsuits breathe more lies than this one. None of them have any academic acclaim,” said Detroit Election advisor Chris Thomas. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has targeted Detroit in recent weeks, despite there being no evidence of fraud in the city.
Judge denies GOP lawsuit to halt certification of Detroit election results
A Wayne County judge has denied a motion from Republican challengers to halt certification of Detroit election results. In a ruling issued Friday, Wayne County Judge Timothy Kenny said plaintiffs' interpretation of events at TCF Center were “incorrect and not credible.”“Plaintiffs' affiants did not have full understanding of TCF absent ballot tabulation.” Judge Kenny denied all motions, including one for an independent audit. Previous: Hundreds provide testimonies -- but no real evidence -- in Trump campaign lawsuit to stop certification of Michigan election resultsThere is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Kenny twice has turned down injunctions in Wayne County, a Democratic stronghold. Those who submitted affidavits questioned ballot transportation and most often were either not allowed to enter or saw others not allowed to enter.