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Oakland County's Virtual Work-Release is Ready

This post is copied from and is the original content of the DUI Blog of drunk driving Attorney Patrick Barone. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to implement a new “virtual” work release program by early February, 2010. Virtual work release will consist of an ankle tether using a satellite and radio global positioning […]

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What are they Smoking?

This post is a re-print from “The Michigan Lawyer” which is the official blog of Michigan Lawyers Weekly: What are they smoking?  That’s what Detroit-based Cannabis Counsel lawyer Matthew Abel is asking of the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee, who is meeting next week to discuss a package of bills which would amend the public health […]

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Lab Technicians Required to Provide In-Court Testimony, For Now

Last year, I prepared and argued a series of appeals for a man convicted in Washtenaw County of sexual assualts near Eastern Michigan University.  He received life sentences in six separate cases. The primary issue in each case was identification.  Due to the way the victims were raped, they never saw their attacker’s face.  Condoms […]

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2009 Michigan Child Custody Update

This post summarizes some of the more interesting 2009 family law decisions from the Michigan Court of Appeals dealing with child custody. In 2009, the Court of Appeals looked at the interplay between the juvenile code and the child custody act in two important cases.  The first case discussed was published and thus binding precedent; […]

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Washtenaw County Guardianship Spotlights Problematic Surrogacy Arrangements

A recent Washtenaw County Probate matter received national attention over the weekend by appearing on the front page of the Sunday NYT, in an “above-the-fold” article by Stephanie Saul.  The guardianship case involved a surrogacy contract between a Kent County couple and the surrogate mother from Ypsilanti. Amy Kehoe and her husband contracted with both […]

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