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May 2014 Archives

Michigan woman acquitted of embezzling from auto body shop

When the prosecution says it has more than 100 pieces of evidence against someone charged with a white collar crime, your first reaction might be that the defendant must be guilty. But that assumes that the evidence actually proves the defendant’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors can present a mountain of documents and other evidence to the jury, but if that mountain does not establish guilt, the jury’s duty is to find the defendant not guilty.

Michigan State Trooper not charged for pulling gun on speeder

Dashboard cameras can help police officers gather evidence against suspects during a traffic stop. They can also vindicate the suspect when the footage disproves the officers’ claims. Cameras can also catch the police using excessive force, as happened in a recent Michigan incident.

Michigan woman back in court over 2002 sex crime conviction

People are entitled to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. On the other hand, there is a saying that the wheels of justice turn slowly. For one Michigan woman, the wheels have not stopped turning for 12 years.

Drug conviction thrown out after court finds no probable cause

Due process rights matter. Legal violations that some call “technicalities” are the law for a reason. Police officers who are eager to make an arrest may violate a suspect’s rights. Without rules that restrict most evidence allowed at trial to that which was obtained legally, innocent people could go to jail or prison.

Michigan funeral home director accused of embezzling escrow funds

There are professions in Michigan that involve holding customers’ money for them, perhaps for years. When clients’ money is being held in escrow, certain laws govern how that money must be taken care of, and when it can be transferred into the business’ name. When a business or individual is accused of violating those laws, white-collar criminal charges could result.

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