constitutional law http://michiganradio.org en Judge holds self in contempt for his smartphone http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-holds-self-contempt-his-smartphone <p>IONIA, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan judge whose smartphone disrupted a hearing in his own courtroom has held himself in contempt and paid $25 for the infraction.<br><br>The Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and MLive.com report Judge Raymond Voet has a posted policy at Ionia County 64A District Court. It states that electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt.<br> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:40:41 +0000 The Associated Press 12137 at http://michiganradio.org Judge holds self in contempt for his smartphone Unmanned drones on the minds of Michigan lawmakers http://michiganradio.org/post/unmanned-drones-minds-michigan-lawmakers <p>Michigan lawmakers take up drone legislation this week.</p><p>The unmanned aircraft have proven effective in war, but some are concerned they may violate the rights of Michiganders.</p><p>Unmanned drones offer a new way to see the world. The drones can help police departments keep an eye on criminals, give state agencies a different way to survey state land and even help local school administrators watch students on the playground.</p><p>But there is concern that drones could be abused.</p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 17:17:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12119 at http://michiganradio.org Unmanned drones on the minds of Michigan lawmakers Federal court allows Nativity scene on public highway http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-court-allows-nativity-scene-public-highway <p></p><p>A Macomb County man has the right to display a Nativity scene in a public road median. That&rsquo;s according to a federal appeals court ruling. It reverses a Detroit judge&rsquo;s decision.</p><p>John Satawa&#39;s family has been displaying a crèche in this busy highway median every Christmas for decades. But the county asked him to take it down when it got complaints from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.&nbsp; Satawa sued, and now the federal appeals court is siding with him.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 22:30:37 +0000 Kate Wells 8528 at http://michiganradio.org Federal court allows Nativity scene on public highway