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September 2013 Archives

Lansing man pleads guilty to embezzlement, ordered to pay $165k

A gambling addiction appears to have been behind an Ingham County man's embezzlement of thousands of dollars from a Lansing area medical practice. The man, who originally faced decades in prison, was sentenced to probation on Sep. 11, several weeks after he pleaded guilty to reduced charges. The court also ordered him to repay nearly $165,000 to the clinic and seek treatment for his gambling addiction.

Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) charges in East Lansing attacks

A 26-year-old man has been charged with multiple counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC) in a series of East Lansing sexual assaults on Michigan State University students. Surveillance footage at an East Lansing Meijer is what ultimately led to his arrest; it shows the defendant stalked two of the three victims while they shopped, before he attacked them. The footage also shows him taking cell phone pictures of women from behind as they shopped, seemingly unaware.

Former Detroit-area mayor arrested on drug charges

A former politician and figure skating coach in a Detroit suburb has been arraigned on a drug possession charge after, police say, he was present at a house where methamphetamine was sold. The suspect is not currently facing drug trafficking charges, though he could be sentenced to up to 10 years on the possession charge alone.

False confessions are a serious problem for younger people

When the police identify someone as a suspect for a crime, they often bring that person in for questioning. The resulting interrogation can either lead to the suspect being let go and no longer pursued; or the suspect may remain a target for the police, and he or she may eventually be arrested. There are a lot of steps that need to be taken to result in an arrest, and the interrogation is just one of them. But it is a whirlwind of a step, one that can result in a defendant saying the wrong thing, or the police doing the wrong thing.

Conviction overturned due to jury instruction error

Everyone who is charged with a serious crime in Michigan is entitled to a jury trial. A jury is supposed to be made up of adult members of the community who are as neutral about the case as possible. This is so that the jury can objectively examine the evidence presented and not bring any personal prejudices into the deliberation room. For the defendant, a neutral jury can mean the difference between a conviction and a not guilty verdict.

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