courts en Judge orders break in sailor's child custody case <p><br />ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan judge has called a time-out in a child custody dispute involving a sailor aboard a U.S. submarine.</p><p>Lenawee County Judge Margaret Noe released an order Sunday, delaying some matters until at least Oct. 22.</p><p></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:22:53 +0000 The Associated Press 18101 at The future of mental health courts in Michigan <p>The Michigan state House approved a package of bills that could lead to more mental health courts around the state. Now the omnibus bill is being sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.</p><p>But how exactly do these courts work? Which defendants would be allowed to be a part of a mental health court — and which would not?</p><p>One champion of the mental health courts is Judge Milton Mack, the chief probate judge in Wayne County. He explains what’s driven him to take on this cause, and what sort of human toll he’s seen from the bench.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:45:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 15183 at The future of mental health courts in Michigan Michigan Supreme Court funds two new courts <p>The Michigan Supreme Court has picked five projects to receive money for court innovations.</p><p>One project is a human trafficking court in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.&nbsp; It will determine whether offenders in prostitution cases are victims of human trafficking. If so, the court will offer services, not jail time.</p><p>Another involves using social media and technology to improve court communication in various counties.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:37:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15082 at Michigan Supreme Court funds two new courts West Michigan federal judge knocks mandatory minimum sentences <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A federal judge in Grand Rapids is speaking on behalf of judges across the country as Congress considers whether to ease up on mandatory minimum sentences.<br><br>Robert Holmes Bell is chairman of the criminal law committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference. In a letter this week to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bell says mandatory minimum sentences in federal court waste tax dollars and produce "unjust results."<br> Sat, 21 Sep 2013 16:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14532 at West Michigan federal judge knocks mandatory minimum sentences Abuelazam gets life without parole, other Flint stabbing cases remain <p>A prosecutor handling charges from a 2010 stabbing spree in the Flint area says he&#39;ll talk to victims and relatives about offering plea deals to close the remaining cases.<br /><br />Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says he needs to balance their feelings with the costs of taking eight more cases to trial. Elias Abuelazam was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday, a month after being convicted in the first murder trial.</p><p><a href="">Abuelazam still faces two murder trials and six attempted murder trials</a>. He&#39;s also charged with attempted murder in Toledo, Ohio.<br /><br />It&#39;s not known if the 35-year-old Abuelazam is even interested in settling the remaining cases. The next court hearing won&#39;t occur until near Labor Day.</p><p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:52:28 +0000 The Associated Press 8021 at Abuelazam gets life without parole, other Flint stabbing cases remain Judges dismiss challenge to Michigan House redistricting <p>DETROIT (AP) - A coalition of labor and civil rights groups appears to have lost a lawsuit challenging new boundaries for Detroit seats in the Michigan House.</p><p>A three-judge panel said a majority was in favor of ending the case, and a written opinion will follow. The judges heard arguments Friday on the state of Michigan&#39;s request to dismiss the lawsuit.</p><p>The lawsuit claims the new map is illegal because it dilutes the political representation of minorities and forces some black incumbents to run against each other in Detroit this year. The boundaries were approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, also a Republican.</p><p>John Bursch of the attorney general&#39;s office defended the map, noting the 10 House seats in Detroit have a majority black population. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:42:17 +0000 The Associated Press 6765 at Judges dismiss challenge to Michigan House redistricting Inkster judge placed on paid suspension, script to be flipped <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Last April, Inskster District Court Judge Sylvia James was placed on administrative leave </font>with pay after city officials leveled charges of financial mismanagement against her.</p><p>As Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="">Sarah Alvarez reported</a>, James &quot;could not explain why court funds were used to pay for travel, clothing, and other expenses.&quot;</p><p>Another judge took her place, and the State Supreme Court started looking into the charges.</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:37:28 +0000 Mark Brush, Sarah Hulett & Rick Pluta 5446 at Inkster judge placed on paid suspension, script to be flipped State Bar Association says Michigan needs court reform <p>The <a href="">Michigan State Bar</a> wants to change the way the state's courts work.</p><p>A task force of judges and lawyers are recommending changes they say will save the state money.</p><p>The <a href="">Judicial Crossroads Task Force</a> suggests:</p><ul><li>consolidating trial courts</li><li>giving business cases higher priority</li><li>and letting existing judges retire without replacing them</li></ul><p>Michigan has 246 separate courts and 586 judges.</p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 21:30:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1026 at State Bar Association says Michigan needs court reform Chief Justice Young calls for cuts in the courts <p><a href="">Newly appointed</a> <a href="">Michigan Supreme Court</a> Chief Justice <a href="">Robert Young</a> is calling for budget cuts in Michigan's judiciary, reports Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network.</p><p>Pluta reports that Chief Justice Young "says he will call for combining courts and cutting judges in areas where there are fewer people and fewer cases." Young said:</p><blockquote><p>"The Legislature will either do something rational to reduce the size and cost of the judiciary, or it will do something irrational. I think it is most rational to reduce redundancy rather than to cut into the judiciary in ways that will disable it from fulfilling its constitutional duties."</p></blockquote><p>Pluta says "a 2009 report by the State Court Administrator says the state could save $2 million by eliminating more than a dozen judgeships in metro Detroit and northern Michigan." Thu, 06 Jan 2011 02:10:28 +0000 Mark Brush 765 at Chief Justice Young calls for cuts in the courts Commentary: Fixing Our Courts <p><font id="role_document" color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Marilyn Kelly, who is now Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, has given her life to Michigan’s legal system.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Now in her last term on the bench, she doesn’t like a lot of what she has been seeing lately. Besides deciding cases, Michigan’s Supreme Court is charged with overseeing all the other courts.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">And she fears that the public is losing respect for the judiciary, in part because of the way judges are chosen. Especially higher-level judges, those who sit on appellate and supreme courts.</font></font> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:21:34 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 586 at Commentary: Fixing Our Courts Juror posts "guilty" on Facebook before trial ends <p>You're supposed to keep an open mind when sitting as a juror in a trial. If you can't, it's definitely not a good idea to broadcast your prejudices about a case on the web. </p><p><a href="">The Detroit Free Press reports</a> that Hadley Jons, while sitting on a jury in a resisting arrest case &quot;wrote on Facebook that it was 'gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're GUILTY.'&quot;</p> Thu, 02 Sep 2010 15:42:44 +0000 Mark Brush 51 at Juror posts "guilty" on Facebook before trial ends Michigan Supreme Court Justice Weaver resigns <a href="">Michigan Supreme Court</a> Justice Elizabeth "Betty" Weaver is resigning. Weaver is a Republican, but she was expected to run for re-election this November as an independent. Justice Weaver openly feuded with some of her Republic colleagues on the court.</span></p><p class="MsoPlainText">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:39:06 +0000 Mark Brush 16 at Michigan Supreme Court Justice Weaver resigns