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December 2015 Archives

Prosecutors drop murder-for-hire charges against Lansing woman

The decision by Ingham County prosecutors to drop murder-for-hire charges against a Lansing woman demonstrates how witnesses can be unreliable. Lansing police say that the claims of a key witness against the woman were at least partially untrue, causing the prosecution to dismiss the charges without prejudice.

Juvenile Justice System Reform in Michigan

Currently, the Michigan House of Representatives is considering a package of bills aimed at reforming its juvenile justice system. This enthusiasm for reform was reignited due to public outcry concerning the alleged sexual and physical assaults of juvenile offenders who were being housed in adult prison facilities.

Who gets arrested for shoplifting in Michigan?

We usually use this blog to discuss serious felonies like white collar crime, violent crime and sex crimes. Of course, a misdemeanor charge should be taken seriously as well. After all, a misdemeanor conviction can mean up to a year in jail and a steep fine.

Police Officers and Self-Defense

According to the Washington Post, almost 900 people have been killed by police officers in the United States this year. These events are being subjected to increasing scrutiny by the public in light of recent controversial killings, such as those of Eric Garner and Laquan McDonald. Public discontent has continued to build as a result of questionable actions by police officers, as well as the response of police administrations.

Deer Feeding in Michigan

Due to concerns over the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer and elk populations, penalties for unlawfully feeding or baiting deer in Michigan have increased. CWD is a fatal neurological disease found in deer and elk, similar to mad cow disease. Last week, a fourth case of CWD was identified in the Lansing area. Current research indicates that it is not transferable to humans. However, because not much is known about CWD, authorities have remained cautious in order to protect humans consuming tainted deer and elk meat, as well as to protect the state's deer herd from further infection.

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