michigan attorney general http://michiganradio.org en Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-schuette-launches-reelection-campaign <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his reelection campaign today in his hometown of Midland.</p><p>In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.</p><p>“A record that’s strong and clear. It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan,” says Schuette. “It’s a long election and I’m going to win. I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Schuette didn’t directly address the controversy over same-sex marriage.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16945 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign Big energy companies face conspiracy, anti-trust violations in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/big-energy-companies-face-conspiracy-anti-trust-violations-michigan <p>The state of Michigan alleges energy giants Encana Oil and Gas USA and Chesapeake Energy worked together to get cheaper prices to lease land to drill for oil and gas.</p><p>Michigan’s attorney general filed charges against the companies earlier this month. Today, the companies were arraigned on conspiracy and anti-trust violations.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:36:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16906 at http://michiganradio.org Big energy companies face conspiracy, anti-trust violations in Michigan Michigan Secretary of States calls for non-citizen voter investigation http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-secretary-states-calls-non-citizen-voter-investigation <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she's asked the state Attorney General's office to investigate 10 people who aren't U.S. citizens but have voted in past Michigan elections.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1gK60nX">MLive</a> reports&nbsp;the letter to Bill Schuette&nbsp;calls for an "investigation, and if appropriate, prosecution."</p><p>The Secretary of State's office says the people are from Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Roscommon and Wayne counties. Names of those involved haven't been released, but Johnson's office says they voted in presidential and gubernatorial elections in the past decade.</p><p>Schuette spokeswoman Joy Yearout says they received the letter from Johnson and the referrals are under review.</p><p>The 10 people area some of 600 people who earlier were verified as not being U.S. citizens by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.</p><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:21:49 +0000 The Associated Press 15578 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Secretary of States calls for non-citizen voter investigation Shutdown slows U.S. Attorney's work in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/shutdown-slows-us-attorneys-work-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A partial shutdown of the federal government shutdown is now in day eight. There doesn&rsquo;t appear to be a resolution in sight which leaves over 800,000 federal employees out of work. That includes people at the U.S. Attorney General&rsquo;s office in Detroit. Today we talk with Barbara </span>McQuade<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Thirty&nbsp;out of almost 200 people are furloughed at her office.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;That&#39;s having an impact on the litigation mission of our office. Most of our criminal litigators are still here handling criminal cases, but it&#39;s our civil docket that&#39;s really taking a hit,&quot;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McQuade</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;Our people are working without pay, which is having a big impact, as you can image, on morale. The people that are furloughed are not being paid, but even the people who are here working are not being paid.&quot;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14771 at http://michiganradio.org Shutdown slows U.S. Attorney's work in Michigan Federal judge says hundreds of Michigan's juvenile lifers should be eligible for parole http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-judge-says-hundreds-michigans-juvenile-lifers-should-be-eligible-parole <p>A federal judge says 363 inmates in Michigan prisons sentenced to life without parole as juveniles should get parole hearings.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that laws like Michigan’s that automatically send some juveniles to prison for life with no chance of parole are “cruel and unusual punishment.”</p><p></p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette has been trying to limit the scope of the ruling to five inmates who challenged their sentences and to all future cases. He says families of murder victims deserved the certainty of knowing those sentences would stand.</p><p></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 01:29:38 +0000 Rick Pluta 13949 at http://michiganradio.org Federal judge says hundreds of Michigan's juvenile lifers should be eligible for parole State attorney general responds to challenge to same-sex marriage ban http://michiganradio.org/post/state-attorney-general-responds-challenge-same-sex-marriage-ban <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The state attorney general’s office has filed its response to a lesbian couple’s claim that Michigan’s marriage and adoption laws discriminate against their children.</span><br><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer are suing the state to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage. The amendment to the Michigan Constitution was approved by voters in 2004.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Rowse and DeBoer originally sued to win rights to jointly adopt the three children they’re raising together. U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman suggested they should expand their challenge to include the marriage amendment. So they filed a 34-point amended complaint last September. It says the marriage amendment violates their family’s rights to equal protection.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Expanding the scope of the lawsuit upset social conservatives like Gary Glenn of the American Family Association. He helped draft the amendment and was a leader of the campaign to adopt it.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“We believe it’s the duty of the governor of this state and the attorney general to enforce state law and uphold and defend the vote of the people and our state constitution,” Glenn said. “Even in the face of a decision by a federal judge who presumes to take it upon himself to have the power to overrule millions of Michigan voters.”</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:37:01 +0000 Rick Pluta 13729 at http://michiganradio.org State attorney general responds to challenge to same-sex marriage ban Michigan Attorney General intends to intervene on behalf of Detroit pensioners http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-intends-intervene-behalf-detroit-pensioners <p>Last week, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette did something many found startling, especially those politically liberal.&nbsp;Schuette announced that in Detroit's bankruptcy filing he intended to intervene on behalf of those who have pensions coming.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:53:48 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13728 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General intends to intervene on behalf of Detroit pensioners Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, wife report $664K of income http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-bill-schuette-wife-report-664k-income <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his wife report paying $128,000 in federal, state and local taxes in 2012, based on adjusted gross income of about $664,000.<br><br>The Republican voluntarily released a summary of his federal tax return Friday. He's not required to release the information but says he's doing it in the interest of transparency.<br> Sat, 06 Jul 2013 18:45:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13398 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, wife report $664K of income Michigan case could be the next affirmative action test for US Supreme Court http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-case-could-be-next-affirmative-action-test-us-supreme-court <p>Michigan’s state constitutional amendment barring racial preferences in university admissions and other public institutions might be the next major case dealing with affirmative action laws in the United States.</p><p>The U.S. Supreme Court decided today <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/us/affirmative-action-decision.html?_r=0">not to decide a Texas affirmative action case</a> where a white student challenged the University of Texas’s admission policy that includes race as one of its deciding factors.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 19:04:32 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 13209 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan case could be the next affirmative action test for US Supreme Court In this morning's news: Palisades re-opens, Detroit's water dept., MI attorney general election http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-palisades-re-opens-detroits-water-dept-mi-attorney-general-election <p><strong>Palisades returns to service</strong></p><p>The Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in southwestern Michigan re-opened yesterday after finishing repairs to a tank that leaked slightly radioactive water into Lake Michigan. The plant has had nine shutdowns since September 2011; company spokeswoman Lindsay Rose says the tank has been redesigned to guard against future leaks. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says there was no public health risk from the radioactive release.</p><p><strong>Detroit's water department</strong> <strong>faces restructuring </strong></p><p>Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has big plans to restructure the city’s water department. It would largely keep the same governing structure, with representatives from Detroit and surrounding counties, but the authority would also pay Detroit to lease the department’s assets.</p><p>“Orr’s plan suggests that spinning the water department off to an authority would allow it refinance its debt, and borrow more readily for capital improvements,” Michigan Radio’s Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-some-pushback-against-kevyn-orrs-plan-detroits-water-department">reports</a>.</p><p><strong>MSU law professor running for Michigan attorney general</strong></p><p>Michigan State University law professor, Mark Totten, announced yesterday that he is running for Michigan attorney general in 2014. Totten, a Democrat, used to be a federal prosecutor. Democrats will choose their attorney general candidate at a nominating convention next year; no other Democratic candidates have entered the race yet. Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to seek re-election.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:41:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13101 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Palisades re-opens, Detroit's water dept., MI attorney general election Court orders Troy to hold special mayoral election http://michiganradio.org/post/court-orders-troy-hold-special-mayoral-election <p>Troy is starting plans for a special mayoral election in May. Judge Denise Langford Morris has ordered the city to hold a special election in May to replace recalled Mayor Janice Daniels.</p><p>Troy officials had wanted to hold off on the election until next November. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:47:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10355 at http://michiganradio.org Court orders Troy to hold special mayoral election Michigan Attorney General files suit to remove 7 Detroit School Board members http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-files-suit-remove-7-detroit-school-board-members <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he&nbsp;will ask a circuit court judge to order the removal of seven members of the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education, because they were illegally elected - and seek an injunction&nbsp;to halt future Board action.</p><p></p><p>From the state&#39;s press release:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:56:39 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8623 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-39 <p><strong>Enbridge may face record penalty for 2010 spill</strong></p><p>Enbridge Energy is responsible for the pipeline rupture that spilled more than 843,000 gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek near Marshall, MI.&nbsp; EPA estimates that number is more than 1 million gallons.&nbsp; Steve Carmody reports the U.S. Department of Transportation&rsquo;s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration &nbsp;(PHMSA) has spent the past few years reviewing the events that led up to the oil spill.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>PHMSA&rsquo;s investigation found multiple violations of its hazardous liquid pipeline safety regulations related to integrity management, failure to follow operations and maintenance procedures, and reporting and operator qualification requirements. PHMSA issued its notice and proposed civil penalty to Enbridge in a Notice of Probable Violation. The agency is proposing a fine for Enbridge of $3.7 million, which would be a record civil penalty. Enbridge has said the company expects to spend $700 million cleaning up the spill.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Michigan to receive $23.8 million from settlement of drug marketing case</strong></p><p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says the state is in line to get $23.8 million as part of a $3 billion settlement of an improper drug marketing case against GlaxoSmithKline LLC, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that the British pharmaceutical giant agreed to the payment and is pleading guilty to promoting two popular drugs for unapproved uses. The federal government says the company also admits failing to disclose important safety information on a third drug. Michigan was among states that sued the company. Schuette says GlaxoSmithKline underpaid the rebates in owed for drugs paid through Michigan&#39;s Medicaid program. The Justice Department says the $3 billion combined criminal-civil fine will be the largest penalty ever paid by a drug company.</p></blockquote><p><strong>June auto sales&nbsp; </strong></p><p>Analysts say U.S. auto sales continued to buck the otherwise poor economic news in June. Tracy Samilton reports:</p><blockquote><p>Larry Dominique of True Car Dot Com says June car sales should be up about 18% from last June.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That&#39;s a pretty healthy increase given worries about the recession in Europe and the barely moving unemployment numbers in the U.S.&nbsp;<br /><br />Dominique says he will be interested to see what kind of cars people bought toward the end of June -- when gas prices went down noticeably.&nbsp;<br /><br />&quot;Typical of Americans we tend to have short memories, so as fuel prices go down we tend to go towards larger displacements and trucks.&quot;<br /><br />Dominique says Honda and Toyota had especially good sales in June.&nbsp; He says the two companies have largely recovered from the tsunami last spring.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 11:46:15 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8123 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... Michigan expects to get $790M in foreclosure deal http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-expects-get-790m-foreclosure-deal <p>Michigan says it expects to get $790 million as part of a landmark $25 billion settlement with the nation&#39;s top mortgage lenders.</p><p>The office of Michigan&#39;s attorney general announced Thursday that the estimate is up from the about $500 million it said Tuesday was expected for joining the settlement. The deal was reached over foreclosure abuses that occurred after the housing bubble burst.</p><p>Officials say 49 states joined the settlement with five of the nation&#39;s biggest lenders. The deal will reduce loans for a fraction of those Americans who owe more than their homes are worth. It will also send checks to others who were improperly foreclosed upon. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:55:06 +0000 The Associated Press 6172 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General files request to stop hearing on U of M grad student unions http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-files-request-stop-u-m-grad-student-union-hearing <p>Michigan&rsquo;s Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a request with the state Supreme Court to stop a <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/archives/2011/121311MIRS-merc.pdf">hearing </a>about whether certain graduate students at the University of Michigan can unionize.</p><p>But the hearing was held today despite the request, and is scheduled to continue tomorrow.</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:19:19 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6054 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General files request to stop hearing on U of M grad student unions An Assistant Attorney General in Michigan suspended after arrest http://michiganradio.org/post/assistant-attorney-general-michigan-suspended-after-arrest <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - An assistant state attorney general has been suspended following his arrest on gun charges.</p><p>Eaton County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sauter told The Associated Press Wednesday that he authorized two misdemeanor warrants charging James Shell with possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and reckless use of a firearm.</p><p>Shell&#39;s attorney is expected to turn him in for arraignment at a later date.</p><p>Shell also is president of the Grand Ledge School Board and was arrested Thursday. Sauter says no one was injured during the incident southwest of Lansing.</p><p>Attorney general&#39;s office spokesman John Sellek says that Shell was suspended pending the Eaton County investigation.</p><p>There&#39;s no listed home phone number for Shell. A message seeking comment was sent to his work email address. Wed, 04 Jan 2012 20:32:38 +0000 The Associated Press 5638 at http://michiganradio.org Former Michigan assistant Attorney General suing over ouster http://michiganradio.org/post/former-michigan-assistant-attorney-general-suing-over-ouster <p>Former Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell is doing what lawyers often do - he&#39;s suing.</p><p>Shirvell is going after a Detroit-based lawyer for delivering information that led to his firing from the Michigan Attorney General&#39;s Office.</p><p>While he was an assistant Attorney General, Shirvell used a blog to assail a University of Michigan student government president for promoting &quot;a radical homosexual agenda&quot; on campus.</p><p>He was later fired and is now being sued by Chris Armstrong, the former student government president, in federal court.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20111031/NEWS06/111031015/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Now, Shirvell is suing attorney Deborah Gordon, who is representing U-M student Chris Armstrong. Shirvell claims Gordon fed information to investigators at the attorney general&#39;s office. He also has accused her of defamation.</p><p>Gordon says the lawsuit is &quot;crazy.&quot; Shirvell expects the case will be combined with the pending lawsuit filed against him by Armstrong. Shirvell moved to North Babylon, N.Y., after leaving Michigan state government.</p></blockquote><p>Shirvell explained his actions in an interview with CNN&#39;s Anderson Cooper last year:</p><p><object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" height="350" id="ep" width="400"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="movie" value="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&amp;videoId=bestoftv/2010/09/29/ac.asst.da.targets.gay.student.cnn" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" height="350" src="http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/.element/apps/cvp/3.0/swf/cnn_416x234_embed.swf?context=embed&amp;videoId=bestoftv/2010/09/29/ac.asst.da.targets.gay.student.cnn" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></p><p> Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:50:48 +0000 Mark Brush 4767 at http://michiganradio.org Former Michigan assistant Attorney General suing over ouster Breaking News: Attorney General files lawsuit challenging Civil Service Commission's authority http://michiganradio.org/post/breaking-news-attorney-general-files-lawsuit-challenging-civil-service-commissions-authority <div><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a lawsuit challenging the state Civil Service Commission&#39;s authority to approve contracts that allow benefit plans to cover the live-in partners of unmarried state employees.</p><p>The lawsuit says the commission exceeded its authority under the state constitution.</p><p>The contracts extend benefits to unrelated&nbsp;adults in a household -- that includes same-sex partners -- as well as their dependents Fri, 06 May 2011 20:15:16 +0000 Rick Pluta 2391 at http://michiganradio.org Breaking News: Attorney General files lawsuit challenging Civil Service Commission's authority Juvenile offenders & life without parole http://michiganradio.org/post/juvenile-offenders-life-without-parole <p>A federal judge will hear the state&rsquo;s request to dismiss a <a href="http://www.aclu.org/drug-law-reform-human-rights-racial-justice/hill-v-snyder">lawsuit</a> challenging state law that allows juveniles offenders to be sentenced to life without parole this afternoon.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2163 at http://michiganradio.org Juvenile offenders & life without parole Michigan Attorney General's office collects over $100 million in child support http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-generals-office-collects-over-100-million-child-support <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says that office&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,1607,7-164-17334_34799---,00.html">Child Support Division</a> has passed an important marker: It has now collected more than $100 million in child support for delinquent parents.</p><p>The division launched in 2003. Since then, it&rsquo;s used Michigan&rsquo;s tough child support laws to enforce court-ordered payments.</p><p>Michiganis the only state that makes failure to pay child support a four-year felony.</p> Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:40:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 2142 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General's office collects over $100 million in child support