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March 2015 Archives

Michigan prosecutor admits police arrested the wrong man

Cases of mistaken identity in law enforcement may seem unlikely, especially in the era of DNA evidence, but they do happen. In a recent case from here in Michigan, a man was held in jail for months before authorities realized that they had mixed him up with his own brother.

Common defenses to child abuse charges

Back in November, we discussed how an accusation that you have committed child abuse, including based on an anonymous tip, can result in a jail sentence and the loss of your parental rights over your children. This is because the law seeks to protect children from physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of their parents or other adults.

Falling short of a crime may still lead to charges in Michigan

News reports about someone being arrested on suspicion of a crime often mention that the person was taken into custody on suspicion of an attempted crime. That concept may seem strange when you think about it: falling short of committing a crime is often, in itself, a crime.

Justice Dept. to stop helping local police seize suspects' assets

Never thought that police officers or other government agents could seize your property and claim it for themselves without you even being convicted of a crime? Until very recently, this was a common practice between local law enforcement, including here in Michigan, and the U.S. Justice Department. In Michigan alone, police have collected more than $72 million from suspects -- again, not convicts -- since 2008.

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